Philippine Sculpture

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Philippine Sculpture is the most familiar art forms among Filipinos. From the transitional carving of anitos to the santos to Christ and down to the saints, Filipinos find it rather not difficult as they are already familiar with the ways of the wood.


Sculpture is the art of making three-dimensional figures and shapes that can be classifies according to the the materials and process used as well as the themes or approaches employed in the process of making the sculpture.


Philippine sculptures have undergone changes in terms of shape, form, content as well as the mediums used. First sculptures were primitive and native materials used are stones and clays. During that time, sculptures created depicted normal life and acts of worship and colors were also limited.

Ethnic sculpture has been done using traditional media of wood and stone, by carving, molding using clays and casting when using metals. Carving involves removing of materials from the wood or stone. Wood carving has been a part of the ancient tradition of Malay wood carving in Southeast Asia

The transitional sculpture movements in the Philippines from primitive to the modern ones were influenced by foreign cultures and internal evolutions. In the midst of this transition was the 19th century art movement with Guillermo Tolentino as the hero. His most popular piece was the Bonifacio Monument.

(to access the knowledge database on the Sculpture Works, click Philippine Sculptures link)



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