Asian Art Auction

September 2227, 2018
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LOT 106

Lot 106

An Archaic Earthenware Burial Lid, Philippines

An Archaic Earthenware Burial Lid, Philippines
Lot 106 Details
An Archaic Earthenware Burial Lid, Philippines

菲律宾 古陶土冥器蓋

The hollow conical form modeled as a bald figure with cut out facial features, demonstrating an abstract and ethereal expression, arms adorned with two loose bracelets, displayed within 160cm custom glass case and stand
height 17.7 in — 45 cm

Estimate $1,000-$2,000

Realised: $780
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Property of a Canadian banker, who lived and purchased in Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Tokyo in the 1980s and 90s.


For further discussion on Filipino burial lid art, see Father Gabriel Casal and Regalado Trota Jose, Jr., The People and Art of the Philippines, California: Museum of Cultural History, University of California, 1981, p. 61-62


Proceeds to benefit the Ontario Arts Foundation.

Many similar examples can be found from burial caves in Southern Mindanao of the Philippines. Most urns and lids found are carved from limestone, however fewer are modeled using fired earthenware. The lids are varied in forms, either resembling roofs of houses, or conical forms that extend vertically into a human head or upper portion of the body.


For condition information please contact the specialist.

LOT 106

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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