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Busted! - Heads of People of …92 of 105Small Bust picked up at thrift shop Vintage Arnoldo Giannelli " Bust of a Woman in a Medici Collar" / Recomposed Stone / Circa 1960's
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    Posted 6 years ago

    racer4four
    (587 items)

    This half bust is from the Igorot people from the highlands of Northern Luzon in the Philippines. The Igorot are comprised of about 10 ethnic groups but I am not sure which this belongs too.
    The quality of the carving makes this probably from the 1930s to the 1950s when these half busts were made for the first groups of tourists and then post war. There is great detail in the warrior's hair and hair basket, earrings have been made in situ, and the features and bodyform are beautifully modeled. The traditional pipe, hair band and wooden and bone necklace are featured well.
    The Igorot were the last of the headhunters in the Philippines and were once a warlike people. Pacified by the Spanish and Americans, they remain peaceful but still retain many cultural elements, such as their belief is ancestral spirits and the ritualistic use of animal sacrifice and song and dance to propitiate them.
    Made from a hardwood, nicely polished, this bust is a real work of craftsmanship.
    Height 200mm (8 in)

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    Comments

    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      stunning!!!
    2. Gracay2004 Gracay2004, 6 years ago
      I'm confused, what type of glass is this? Are you messing with my mind?
    3. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 6 years ago
      Ooh I'm green with envy. Its beautiful!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Thanks Sean, Fran and William. This is a rare piece of carboniferous glass!......

      Thanks also to:
      Tom
      Vet
      Mike
      Geo
      Kerry
      Agh
      Nuts and
      Aim!!
    5. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Many thanks too:
      Windwalker
      Manikin and
      Moonstone!
    6. toracat toracat, 6 years ago
      Beautiful!!!
    7. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Sorry Toracat, missed your beautiful comment! Thanks and peace to you.
    8. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Thanks Phil, appreciate you looking and commenting. I have to agree, it's a wonderful carving.
    9. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Thanks also FRAN and MANIKIN!

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