Antique Philippine Bontoc Spoon w/ Seated Figure Wearing an "Oklop" Helmet
Origin: N. Philippines, Luzon, Likely Bontoc people Provenance: Old American collection. Ex. Scott McCue, Orinda CA
Period: Like 19th to early 20th C.
Materials: Hardwood, residue
Description: This very old spoon food features a seated bulul-like figure with arms crossed wearing an Oklop hunters helmet! The body of the figure is very detailed. It is one of the most unique and striking styles I've seen. The face has an overall whimsical expression like he is smiling. Its broad nose and oversized dished ears are very distinctive. It has an extensive wear and use patina. The top portion has a rich lustrous patina turning to a dark reddish brown, while the bowl has a varied semi-encrusted patina turning to black. Old loss on the right side of the bowl. Presented in a custom wood and metal display stand.
Dimensions: Height 9.25” (23.5 cm), Width 2 1/8” (5.5 cm)