Lot: 3

Squatting figure "bulul"

Philippines - Ifugao

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
English Collection H: 7.9 inch 5500 EUR / 7000 EUR

wood, middle brown patina, brass wire, typical posture, slightly dam., missing parts (right ear), crack (base). "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.

Anderson, Eric Moltzau, In the shape of tradition, Leiden 2010, p. 100 f.