| Seated guardian figure with bowl [duyu or tangungu]

Ifugao people
Mayoyao region, Luzon, Philippines
 

Seated guardian figure with bowl [duyu or tangungu] 19th-early 20th century
wood
33.5 (h) x 25.5 (w) x 23.5 (d) cm
Purchased 2010
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
NGA 2010.87

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Animist communities of the northern Philippines create fine wooden vessels for religious rites and for celebratory feasts sponsored by wealthy families. This bowl, protectively embraced by a human figure, may have been used to store rice wine, offerings or medicines during ceremonies.




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