The Kingly Treasures Auction 2014

December 29,2014 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines

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Solomon Saprid  (1917-2003)

Tikbalang
signed and dated 1973
brass
H: 26” x L: 17” x W: 16 1/2” (66 cm x 43 cm x 42 cm)


PHP 140,000

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The so-called Tikbalang in Philippine folklore is said to be a humanoid elemental with a horse for a head and a body that is human. It is believed that Tikbalangs inhabit large trees and are guardians of a netherworld kingdom, with the propensity to play tricks or even pursue unsuspecting humans. Moreover, it is believe that good Tikbalangs are bearers of good fortune: you may either be rewarded with a pot of gold or a lucky talisman. But such creatures, whether they truly exist or not, are very much a part of Philippine culture.
Solomon Saprid, armed with his artistic vision and his singular sculpting abilities, thus puts to brass (through the fashioning of metal strips) his own interpretation of that mythical being, which has since become his most renowned and recognized of subjects.

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