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Bulol Figure

Unknown19th century

Museo Nacional de Antropología, Madrid

Museo Nacional de Antropología, Madrid

Figure that represents a bulol, or good of the barns. Bulol are kept in these so that they can increase the rice stock, and at each harvesting they celebrated a ceremony with offerings and animal sacrifices in whose blood they are immersed to secure their fertilizing power. Bulol are inherited by the oldest son of each family, just as the rice fields, and only the wealthiest families can afford to have them. The base where this bulol is placed is divided into two horizontal sections with a deep slot in each side, which reminds of the mortar to pound the rice. Also in this carving the patina left by different rituals celebrated with it can be seen.

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  • Title: Bulol Figure
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Subject: Beliefs and rituals
  • Physical Dimensions: w14.5 x h57.5 cm (Complete)
  • Notas sobre el objeto: Figura que representa a un bulol, dios de los graneros. Los bulol se guardan en éstos para que aumenten el arroz almacenado, y en cada cosecha se celebra una ceremonia con ofrendas y sacrificios de animales con cuya sangre se les baña para asegurar su poder fecundador. Los bulol son heredados por el hijo mayor de cada familia, al igual que los campos de arroz, y sólo las familias más pudientes pueden permitirse tenerlos. La base sobre la que está colocado este bulol está dividida en dos secciones horizontales con una profunda muesca en todos los lados, ello recuerda a los morteros para pilar el arroz. Asimismo en esta talla se puede apreciar la pátina que han dejado los diferentes rituales celebrados con ella.
  • Cultural Context: Ifugao (Cordilleran Groups)
  • Collecting: Luzon (Philippines)
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: http://mnantropologia.mcu.es/
  • External Link: CERES
  • Medium: Wood

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