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No. 51-81


Philippines 

Ifugao Tribe, North Luzon 

Wood figure of sitting  male bulul (rice god)

early 20th Century

Height: 26,5 cm 


Seated in  squatting position on a base ,his elbows resting on his knees, his face with  strong expressionistic expression, sunken eyes, elongated ears. Bulul deities are invoked by priests and asked to make the rice continue to grow during harvest ceremonies held at the house of the rice field's owner. It is then placed in the granary where the rice is dried. The base and the lower parts of the legs and back has evidence of old beetle insect holes. Heavy hardwood.  Very  beautiful  patina ,partly sacrificial surface patina  which shows the age . An exceptional expressionistic tribal art sculpture. 
 


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