DESCRIPTION: A large, heavily cast bronze storage vessel (gadur), with brass and silver inlays crafted by the Maranao tribe of the Phillippines. The round body and flared foot are profusely decorated with inlaid floral and geometric designs; the body is topped with an inlaid domed lid and tall spire. From the estate of Asian art collector, Dr. Edward Gerber. CONDITION: This is a fairly early example, dating from the late 1700's to early 1800's, and shows usage wear, some pitting, and a couple of very old repairs. DIMENSIONS: 31 1/2" high (80 cm) x 12 1/2" diameter; 22 lbs.
CULTURAL BACKGROUND: This distinctive type of metalwork is made by people of the Maranao tribe who live on Mindanao Island in the southern Philippines. The Maranao people have lived on the island of Mindanao since at least the 13th century, and are highly acclaimed for their distinctive artwork, sophisticated weaving, wood carving, and intricate metal crafts. They share in a generalized Southeast Asian culture but also have their own cultural identity. "Maranao" means "people of the lake" referring to Lake Lanao (province of Lanao del Sur), the area where most have lived for hundreds of years.