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Title

Man's pouch

20th century

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Ifugao Central Cordillera Luzon Philippines
    Cultural origin
    Ifugao
    Date
    20th century
    Media category
    Textile
    Materials used
    cotton
    Dimensions
    50.0 x 17.5 cm (irreg.)
    Credit
    Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2005
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    203.2005
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Ifugao

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    The mountainous region of Central Cordillera in northern Luzon is home to a large number of indigenous communities. Their fierce self-determination and geographic isolation provided relative protection from the cultural influences of Spanish colonisation. However, their art did not remain unchanged. Communities retained forms which were useful and meaningful, abandoned others and created new forms to meet new purposes – a tradition that has continued into 21st century.

    In Central Cordillera art is part of everyday life and is intrinsically linked to community and spiritual wellbeing. Many villages are built around a central stone platform where social and spiritual rites are performed. These include the worship of deities and ancestors and the consecration of sculptural figures.

    The carving of ancestral and religious figures, while today most prevalent among Ifugao men, was previously a practise shared by all communities of the Central Cordilleran mountain range. Textiles, on the other hand, are woven exclusively by women using backstrap looms. There has been a long and active trade in locally woven products, so many communities share techniques and an appreciation for similar motifs and colour schemes.

    Unlike the square-format bags with strap used by Ifugao men, this smaller pouch with handle is largely undecorated, indicating its age and significance as a ritual object.

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