Lot: 20

Pair of ritual deities "bulul", around 1930

Philippines - Ifugao

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 12.2 inch;
11.4 inch
4000 EUR / 8000 EUR

wood, encrusted patina in some places, pigments, "Bulul" predominantly had the task to protect the rice against thieves and vermin, to cause the rice to multiply, and to prevent famine. Most "bulul" were created in connection with elevation in rank to the status of the elite called "kadangyan". Some "bulul" were created in commemoration of the marriage union of a couple belonging to the elite "kadangyan". Other "bulul" were produced to cure illnesses, specifically bone diseases and muscle disorders.