The ‘tikbalang,’ a recurring motif in master sculptor Solomon Saprid’s oeuvre, is a mythical being from Philippine folklore. Anthropomorphic in nature, the ‘tikbalang’ is a half-man, half-horse that has occupied the Filipino imagination as a powerful yet mysterious spirit. What is certain is that the pull of the unfamiliar and unknown is something that Saprid capitalizes on and explores in his intricate sculptures. In this brass piece, Saprid freezes the mythical creature in time, capturing the movement as it rears up on its hind legs and takes aim at an unseen target. Through Saprid’s ingenious smelting technique in which he drips melted brass onto a structural wire frame, the sculpture emerges as an ambiguous form hovering between states of materialization and disintegration. Despite the modern use of material, Saprid’s mastery of figuration remains apparent in the highly dynamic position he places the creature in: one that exudes power, agility, and strength.