Ifugao Male Ancestor Figure, bulul, Phillipinges
height 24 1/2in (62.2cm)
standing on a large cube base, the legs slightly bent at the knees, sloping shoulders leading to slightly elongated arms at the side, the ovoid head with cavity on the top and with two large ears bordering a tranquil face with almond shaped eyes, elongated nose and pursed lips, wearing a loincloth and band of metal anklets on each leg; aged and encrusted varied dark brown patina as a result of being subjected to blood bath ceremonial rites.
Acquired from the brother-in-law of present owner's grandfather, William Beyer, "Lolo Pepe", who had the present work commission by the woodcarver Taguiling in exchange for four pigs and six chickens. Lolo offered the pair to the present owner in 2005 in exchange for assiting him with his medical expenses after being diagnosed with cancer. Lolo has since passed away.