Main post for a chief's house
86.4 (h) x 10.5 (w) x 13.5 (d) cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Figurative sculpture appears on the houses of the Ifugao people of Luzon. The most significant are the ancestor images carved on the main posts [kinabiggat] of the dwellings of village chiefs and wealthy families who only earn the right to display a kinabiggat after sponsoring many communal feasts. The posts support the storage space for rice and valuables above the hearth and provide spiritual protection for the family and community. A pig was sacrificed to the ancestor figure each year to preserve spiritual benevolence.