The proceeds from the sale of this work of art will go to the Philippine typhoon relief fund. 

Coffin Lock 31349
Kankanay, Norther Luzon, Philippines
Wood
Early 20th Century or before
31 in/79 cm

An appealing attenuated guardian figure with great facial expression achieved with a minimum of contrivance. Such locks were used in cave burials to keep the top and the bottom of the coffin closed and to protect the Dead from evil spirits. Conversion to Christianity brought about a reconsecration of the burials, this time without pagan sculpture.

$1800

 

Thomas Murray
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Thomas Murray :: Coffin lock, Philippines
Thomas Murray :: Coffin lock, Philippines
Thomas Murray :: Coffin lock, Philippines
Thomas Murray :: Coffin lock, Philippines
Thomas Murray :: Coffin lock, Philippines