C E Smith Museum home page Previous page Information page Philippines home
As the soil of the Chico river valley has clay that is particularly good for potterymaking , many of the Kalinga in that area derive a living from this activity. While utility wares are quite plain, the Kalinga also make a distinctive, Lapita-like, decorated pottery, "tattooed" by stamping, of which we are fortunate to have a few examples. These geometric motifs are closely related to those actually used in tattooing; unlike the neighboring Bontok and Ifugao, the Kalinga rarely employ anthropomorphic designs in their art.
Urn, 20th c.
These small ceremonial jars are used for making offerings of rice to the harvest gods.
Kalinga cooking pot in the shap of a horn, with a dog handle.