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Sarimanok | Bird figure

Maranao , 19th century

Origin

Lanao del Sur

Medium

Wood

Dimensions

100 x 56 x 66 cm

Collection

Ethnographic Materials

Description

The sarimanok (artificial cock or chicken) is arguably the most iconic motif from Maranao culture. It has been claimed that the term sarimanok was derived from the Hindu garuda (celestial eagle). However, according to Maranao folklore, garuda refers to the pet of the god Radia Indarapatra (the local name of the Hindu god Indra). This creature is described as a magnificent man-eating peacock, whereas the sarimanok had evolved into a typical rooster. The sarimanok motif was also featured in the ancient Lanao epic, the Darangen which predates the arrival of the Arabs via India.

Acknowledgement

Ayala Museum Collection | Gift of Virginia Ty-Navarro

Location

Museum Storage

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