X86.3280 Hearth post

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Hearth post
Ifugao peoples
Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th-early 20th century
L: 90.2 cm, W: 18.4 cm (L: 35.5 in, W: 7.2 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Rogers Family Foundation. X86.3280


The openings cut into this sculpture indicate that it was a structural element in a house, probably part of a superstructure built over the hearth. Shelving in this part of the house was used to store rice and household furnishings. The warmth and smoke rising from the hearth would have kept such items insect free.

Source: Gallery text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006