19TH C. PHILIPPINE IFUGAO MINIATURE "HIPAG" SHAMAN'S FIGURE
Origin: N. Philippines, Luzon (Provenance: Acquired from an old collection in the Netherlands)
Period/Date: 18th- 19th century
Materials: Narra wood, black paint, Libations
Description: This terrific little seated "Hipag" figure has been employed in countless ceremonies and has acquired a blackened encrusted patina from sacrificial libations and rice wine. It is so well used that its facial features are muted from use and rubbing. The wood is so old its surface semi-desiccated. In one photo you can just make out the face. It is quite rare now to find authentic hipags, especially of this age and quality! It would have been a focal point of power and the main object of importance in a Punanham shaman's box.
Dimensions: Height 4" (10 cm)
"Hipag are minor war deities and are invoked during ceremonies dealing with violence and aggressive actions. These deities are firmly associated with head hunting and sorcery. These figures serve as the vehicles through which certain hipag deities are called to the aid of their owner. Great power resides in them and they are ritually smeared with the blood of sacrificed animals whenever their presence is required." Page 194, People and Art of the Philippines."
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