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Bamboo cigar case
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It was chosen as an exceptional work of engraved sculpture.

History of the Object
There are 30 species of bamboo known in the Philippines that have multiple uses in daily life: housing construction, domestic housewares, musical instrument manufacturing, etc. Making containers for keeping different objects is among its diverse uses. Tobacco was introduced by the Spanish at the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth century, and its use quickly spread through the population without distinction for age or sex. It was used for medicinal purposes to treat many conditions, and its production was controlled by the colonial government. The carved decoration in relief on this cigar case shows detailed scenes of daily life in what appears to be a farming community, although the decoration also gives us an indication as to what the houses and local flora were like. There is a rosette at the point where the cover meets the case with the initials of its owner, Antonio del Aguila, who donated it to the 1887 exhibit.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Bamboo 
Measurements
Diameter 11,3 cm. 
Creator name
Grupo Pampango 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Philippines; Bacolor (Pampanga) 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; ca. 1870 
Function
Tobacco container 
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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