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Japanese screen showing Portuguese traders

Portugal began trading with Japan soon after its explorers arrived in 1543. (See Wikipedia's Nanban trade article.) This gilded screen at the Museu do Oriente portrays a ship, Portuguese traders, and Japanese dignitaries.

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Christian martyr statue

In Japan and China, Christian symbols took on a local flavor during the Portuguese missionary era.

Southern India religious sculptures

These wooden sculptures from Southern India are in the Museu do Oriente's permanent "Gods of Asia" exhibition.

Gold leaf on Museu do Oriente terrace

The terrace outside the Museu do Oriente's top-floor restaurant has an eye-catching feature: a long section of building wall covered in gold leaf.

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