BULOL (IFUGAO GRANARY OR HOUSE GUARDS)


Provenance: Ifugao Representing Wigan or Bugan, a male or a female guard, this standing erect wooden bulol probably comes from Hapao, Ifugao. A bulol sitting down is a typical Tuwali bulol from the Kiangan-Lagawe area. The half-standing bulol is common among the settlers of Hungduan, Ifugao. The bulul standing erect is from Hapao, Ifugao. The Ifugao Bulul with the aquiline noses were probably inspired by the presence of the American soldiers that governed the province during early years of the 20th century, the era of the “White Apos”, immediately following the Spanish-American war. A famed Bulul carver, Taguiling of Mompolia in Ifugao was much taken with the generally high bridge noses of the Americans that he made it as an appendage of most of his carving. He incorporated this western feature, even exaggerated it, in his carvings nopw known as “Tinaguiling Bululs”. This pair of Bululs was sold in 1985 by their owner, Balintao Kindipan of Numpolya Village, Kingyon, Ifugao. (Courtesy of the Galeria Ida Antiques)