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Title

Man's pouch

20th century


Artist

Ifugao


About

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.


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


Artist information

Ifugao

Works in the collection

3