Lot: 121

98th Auction

Standing male figure "bulul", early 20th century

Philippines - Province Ifugao, Hapao

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Floy Quintos, Manila , Philippines (2012) H: 17.3 inch 2500 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, paint residues,

"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.


Moltzau-Anderson, Eric, In the shape of tradition, Leiden 2010, p. 103, ill. 90