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Anito
1971
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It was chosen because of its delicate work and because it is one of the few antique carvings preserved.

History of the Object
This is an anthropomorphic carving made of wood with porcelain eyes (of Chinese origin) and a streak of human hair on the head. The Kankanay had anthropomorphic carvings that represented the ancestors’ spirits-Anito. Among these carvings, some were found holding a bowl between their arms. The existing references are very imprecise as to their purpose and the contents of this bowl, but it seems that they were used in certain ceremonies related to the harvest. Wine and rice used in the ceremonies were placed in the containers. The tattoo design of the Kankanay is engraved on the hands, fingers, and wrists of this carved piece.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
wood, ceramic and human hair 
Measurements
Width 12 cm. Height 35,5 cm. Length 20,5 cm.  
Creator name
Grupo Kankanay 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Philippines; Cordillera de Luzón  
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century 
Function
Ritual 
Acquisition
In 1887, a monographic exhibition about the Philippines took place in Madrid with the objective of showing the natural products of those islands, as well as its industry and crafts. It was thought that this would help support trade between those remote lands and the metropolis. Then, an important collection of products and objects belonging to the various groups who inhabited the islands were sent to Madrid. This represented their different economic activities, apparel, ornaments, domestic housewares, musical instruments, ritual objects, weapons, etc. When this exhibition was closed, the Library Museum of High Seas (Museo Biblioteca de Ultramar) was created with all of the collections, both objects and bibliographies. In 1908, this museum was closed and the majority of its collections were passed on to become part of the National Museum of Anthropology. 
Copyright
Museo Nacional de Antropología Ministerio de Cultura 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museo Nacional de AntropologíaMinisterio de Cultura 
Museum
National Museum of Anthropology 
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