Allegorical Harpoon

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Allegorical Harpoon is one of the first creations by a Filipino artist in hardwood in which the sense of values are more important than the heroic representation of native ancestors. This sculpture was National Artist for Visual Arts Napoleon Abueva's entry for the XXXII Venice Biennale in 1964. Its considered one of his best abstract sculptures and is part of the collection of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.[1][2][3][4]


Allegorical Harpoon is an artwork with a movable, swiveling piece pegged to a rifle-shaped horizontal torso. It appears minimalist in silhouette and composition but also captures the eye with its own brand of visual complexity.[5]


  1. CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, Vol 4. Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines, 1994.
  2. Napoleon V. Abueva - Father of Modern Sculpture. Filipino Heritage. Accessed on 7 January 2008.
  3. Sculpture. Expo. Accessed on 7 January 2008.
  4. Guazon, Tessa Maria. Abueva, Napoleon V. Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, 2016.
  5. CCP Visual Arts. 2012. “Salapang Alegorikal (1964)”. Tumblr, 8 February 2012. Accessed on 21 May 2021.



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