The carved wood bulul or rice god of Ifugao, which not too long ago offered at an public sale in Paris for 630,000 euros or P36 million, is a vital piece of Filipinos’ cultural heritage, stated an anthropologist from the College of the Philippines .
In consequence, Dr. Nestor Castro, Ph.D. is saddened that the traditional determine was introduced at an public sale at Christie’s as a substitute of being displayed within the Nationwide Museum of the Philippines.
“Medyo nakakapanghina dahil parte sya ng cultural heritage ng Pilipinas, one thing na dapat nating maipagmalaki, maipagmayambang. Mas mainam sana kung naipasa sa mga kapwa Pilipino o kaya ay pumunta sa aing mga museyo,” Castro informed GMA Built-in Information.
Other than its antiquity, Castro stated the bulul has remained an vital a part of life in Ifugao.
“Dahil that is the start of individuals within the palate rubbish. That is the good thing about fertility within the pananim and pati na rin sa sino mang magnanakaw doon within the palate immortality,” Castro stated.
Christie’s web site estimated the worth of the determine at between €200,000 and €300,000, however it will definitely offered for a a lot increased worth.
The public sale home described the bulul as “a masterpiece of Ifugao artwork” that “dazzles with the universality of its type.”
Christie’s traced its provenance to William Gambuk Beyer, son of Henry Otley Beyer, thought-about the “father of Philippine anthropology.”
Castro stated Henry, who got here to the Philippines within the early 1900s, began the UP’s Division of Anthropology.
“Si Beyer ang unang nagturo ng anthropology to Pilipinas noong 1914. Nagturo sya to UP Manila. Noong 1917 itinayo naman nya ang UP Division of Anthropology,” Castro stated.
Castro additionally stated Beyer married an Ifugao girl and so they had a son named William.
He added that Beyer, who died and was buried in Ifugao, was regarded by some locals as one among them.
“Ifugao sandwich with nanamanatay ninjas ultimately turns into an anito record. Now, if Beyer sings a Ifugao tune like an anito or is with ninjas from Yumao na,” Castro stated.
Christie’s has not disclosed the sculpture’s new proprietor.
Lisa Guerrero Nakpil, a board member of the Nationwide Historic Fee of the Philippines, stated the chance that it was acquired by a Filipino can’t be discounted.
“Filipinos are actually in a position to acquire their very own artwork, so I might say there’s possibly a greater than 50% probability that it is a Filipino collector,” Nakpil stated.
If the bulul had been to finish up in a museum abroad, Nakpil stated it might additionally profit the Philippines.
“There are two colleges of thought that each have equal benefit. The primary is that every one Filipino objects of cultural significance ought to stay within the Philippines. The opposite faculty of thought is that it ought to be shared with the world,” Nakpil stated.
“If you put it in museums just like the Louvre or the Tate or the Metropolitan in New York, you give Filipinos a style of its identification, its significance and even recognition on the world stage,” he added. —NB, GMA Built-in Information