ISLAND OF LUZON, IFUGAO PEOPLE, 19TH/20TH CENTURY
An old ‘Punamhan’ ritual box with pig heads or stylized dogs carved on the left and right, from Ifugao on the northern Island of Luzon, Banaue region. Made of hard narra wood with a lid and a hole on either top edge of the body of the vessel. It has an old, partly encrusted, black patina. The priests of Ifugao used these ritual boxes during their sacrificial ceremonies. The two pig heads indicate that valuable pigs were frequently the sacrificial animals during Ifugao rituals.
Narra wood, encrusted ritual patina
27 x 7.75 x 10.25 in. (68.58 x 19.69 x 26 cm.)
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