Brass and hardwood
57" x 20" x 32 1/4" (144.78cm x 50.8cm x 81.92cm)
Property from the Dr. Alejandro R. Roces Collection
Abdulmari Asia Imao is a sculptor, painter, photographer, ceramist, cultural researcher, and articulator of Philippine Muslim art and culture. His native, large-scale style in his sculptures is popular as it has developed greater links in society—gracing specific sites in the Philippines, from Batanes to Tawi-tawi. This work is homage to his Mindanaoan heritage, imploring the richness of Southeast Asian mythological traditions to resonate in the image of a Sarimanok, a legendary emblem of Filipino, Malay, and Indonesian cultures. As a familiar motif in his works, there is a resilient belief that the Sarimanok brings good luck through Imao’s ukkil and geometric detailing.