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AUCTION | 1 JUNE 2019, 2PM

PREVIEW | 26-31 MAY 2019, 10AM-6PM

Lot 30

A Bontoc granary door with male ‘Anito’ spirit / Ancestral figure

Early 20th century, Bayyo, Bontoc, Mountain Province, Northern Luzon

Narra wood with natural patina

77 x 44 x 4 cm (13 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 1 1/2 in)

Quick Overview

Like their Ifugao counterparts, the Bontoc and Kankanai peoples of Mountain Province considered the many granaries of their communities as structures of great importance. The carving of an ancestor (or spirit) figure on a granary door justifies this. It was believed that such figures would further protect the harvest and ensure abundance. This small door features a squatting male ancestor figure (in mid relief) with a trapezoidal torso and splayed triangular legs and upturned arms – representing the seemingly archetypal pose for the many (ethnographic / tribal) ancestor carvings found around insular Southeast Asia

Availability: In stock

PHP 30,000 - 35,000
Item condition is available upon request

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