Ceremonial Bird Figure "Sarimanok"

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Ceremonial Bird Figure "Sarimanok"

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Ceremonial Bird Figure "Sarimanok"
Maranao people. Mindanao Island, Philippines.
Wood, pigments.
H: 48" (122 cm), L: 36" (91.4 cm), W: 50" (127 cm).
Early to mid 20th century.

For more info or to purchase, contact:

Mark A. Johnson Tribal Art
Marina del Rey, CA
majtribal@gmail.com

www.markajohnson.com

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According to the folk belief of the Maranao people, coming from their current Islamic traditions, the Sarimonok represents a giant rooster which the Profit Mohammad encountered in heaven. It likely relates to a pre-Islamic tradition that the bird figure represents a medium that could communicate messages to its twin in the spirit world. Today, this folk tradition is no longer widespread, but the Sarimanok is celebrated as a symbol of the Maranao people, often displayed at public events.

This assemblage is the largest example that I am aware of and in very good condition. From a Los Angeles collector who lived in the Philippines in the 1970s.