| Warrior's helmet [oklop]

Ifugao or Bontoc people
Luzon, Philippines
 

Warrior's helmet [oklop] 19th-early 20th century
wood
10.5 (h) x 11.0 (w) x 19.5 (d) cm
Purchased 2010
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
NGA 2010.86

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Made from a single piece of wood, this bowl-shaped warrior’s helmet doubled as a vessel for food and drink when hunting, travelling and working. While other groups from northern Luzon wear similar wooden hats, only the Ifugao people carve facial features onto their oklop. Here the stylised face has a large triangular nose, small mouth, close-set eyes and protruding ears, pierced as for earrings, to allow a string to pass through and secure the helmet to the head.




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