Rare early 20th century Ifugao primitive bowl-shaped wood helmet/hat locally known as "OKLOP" worn only by men of Eastern Bontoc and North Central Ifugao Province in the Philippines. They served as head protection as well as a primitive ornament and a convenient bowl for food and water when hunting or traveling. While the Bontoc hat have no design this hat used by men of the Ifugao's features a man's face and small lobes which resemble ears and served to attach the rope strap. It shows significant wear and use and has acquired a dark brown patina over the years. Several minor termite holes only, no damages or whatsoever.
Origin: Philippines, N. Luzon, North Central Ifugao Province, Igorot, Ifugao Tribe
Dimensions: Not exactly round - The diameter side by side of the earlobe is about 7.5 inches while the face front to the back is about 8 inches. Height (deep) is about 3.8 inches.
See related examples below from Roberto Maramba book entitled form and splendor copyright 1998
Tags: Ifugao OKLOP wood helmet/hat, Philippines Antiques and Tribal Artifacts, Igorot artifacts, Antiques in the Philippines, Philippines Primitive hats.