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Loan Object
Photo by Johan Vipper
Photo credit: Johan Vipper

Protective Figure (Kinabiggat)

19th century

Wood

218.44 × 26.67 × 19.05 cm (86 × 10 1/2 × 7 1/2 in.)
Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
ILE2012.30.1

This carved anthropomorphic figure once protected a family, their rice harvest, and their property. The right to have a Kinabiggat made could only be gained after eight extensive ceremonial feasts and therefore was a privilege of the wealthy. The figure’s protective powers, however, extended to the entire community.

Geography: 
Made in Luzon, Philippines
Culture: 
Ifugao
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Ex-collection: J. Greene, San Francisco.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.