Ancestor Figure Bulul

Ifugao, Philippines, 19th Century

In the northern Luzon region of the Philippines, seated and standing examples like the present are placed in rice fields as guardians and are referred to as 'bulul'. The body is conceived with a subtle musculature giving the figure a powerful presence. The facial features are sensitively carved and the shell inlays for eyes produce an enigmatic gaze. The surface is encrusted from age and exposure. There are some areas on the base and lower part of the figure's leg that has old wood filler; but this in no way detracts from the value or beauty of the piece.

This figure stands 22.5" tall.
IN 7-4-13/ SOLD