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man riding a carabao
  • unknown Ifugao or Negrito maker
  • man riding a carabao, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Philippines
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 48.5 x 17.5 x 33.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 19 1/8 x 6 7/8 x 13 3/16 in
  • Gift of the Olga E. and Lt. Colonel Raymond H. Hollis family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3125.a,b

The horned cow-like animal is identified as a carabao (water buffalo), on an uneven base with an ashtray between the feet (2007.3125.a). There is one man seated on the carabao, his left leg bent, the foot on the animal's shoulders. His left hand rests on the animal. His right leg hangs down the animal's side, and his right arm holds an axe (2007.3125.b). His hair is wrapped with cloth, and there is a small, round hat-like cover on the back of his head. He wears large hoop earrings, which move, a necklace, and a loincloth. The carabao appears to be walking over a second man, who is on his left side. His head is turned backward, and his right hand is grabbing the animal's neck and his left is grabbing the animal's front leg. Both of the person's legs are bent. He wears only a loincloth--no jewelry or head covering.