Woodcraft Antique Sale: The Secret of the Woman

Female woodcraft sculpture Philippines
"Female woodcraft sculpture front"
Due to typhoon Glenda and the destruction of our verandah, we are selling wood sculptures and other woodcraft at a discount. Contact us for pricing and pickup.

This piece, "The Female Virgin Sculpture" has been with the family ever since our father bought it. I don't have any recollection of exactly where our father purchased it, but he once went on a shopping spree in Paete, Laguna where he bought a lot of arts and crafts.

The Wooden Female Virgin Sculpture

He was very fond of wood work and had most of the house built around that theme. The female virgin sculpture has weathered with time yet still retains that remarkable dosage of quaintness and mystery.

As I took a picture of its best parts, I began to ask "Who was she?". What gave the sculptor the inspiration to make her as such. With her wooden hand holding her long hair between her chest, she strikes an unassuming pose that could mean a lot of things.

Her left leg lazily bent with her left hand touching it seduces the mind to imagine at what stage of inspiration was the wood work patterned after.

Female woodcraft sculpture Philippines
"Female woodcraft sculpture right side"
There is an air of dignity in her that could only be found in the Filipina spirit. This is no Madonna, to be precise, but it projects a lot of that sensuality beneath the "Maria Clara" template that some has stereotyped the complex modern woman.

Female woodcraft sculpture Philippines
"Female woodcraft sculpture back side"
With hips that don't lie (hehe), there is an atmosphere of unkempt desire in the manner of the posture. For sure, the posterior side of the woman sculpture received a lot of attention during its inception.

Female woodcraft sculpture Philippines
"Female woodcraft sculpture left side"
In typical conservative Filipino culture, one is provoked at how "proper" intimate acts are initiated. True, we see bold, banal and over-sensationalized news accounts of public displays of affection in markedly improper venues these days. But in an institution such as marriage, intimacy has to begin somewhere.

It might seem funny or even taboo these days, (depends on you I guess), but sometimes you ask yourself "What is the proper way for married couples to have sex these days?"

Female woodcraft sculpture Philippines
"Female woodcraft sculpture front"
I think the sculpture captures that very fact. How do you reconcile these conservative values with an act that has been repressed vigorously for centuries?

Intimacy is an art. Yet for so long and with really bad literature and not to mention movies coupled with extreme subjugation by religious norms, the essence of the art is lost. These days, it seems that western scenes of nakedness are automatically classified as pornography. Rightly so. The unfortunate simplicity in mind and in interpretation of some has rendered this piece to be only as such "The sculpture of a naked woman".

Female woodcraft sculpture Philippines
"Female woodcraft sculpture bust view"
But I beg to differ, through this sculpture, we are brought back to the days when definitions and customs were different. For sure, the prevailing norms of the time when this sculpture was made were different.

Female woodcraft sculpture Philippines
"Female woodcraft sculpture face view"
Knowing what is to come, she smiles and yet she struggles. Her love of her life awaits her and she basks in his desire as she struggles to contain hers. Shyly and never wanting to portray that she is "easy", her posture proclaims a message of simplicity and modesty. Achieving this balance prior to the intimacy is in itself an art form that every woman probably thinks about.

How do you become attractive without being too easy?

Female woodcraft sculpture Philippines
"Female woodcraft sculpture over the left shoulder view"

Female woodcraft sculpture Philippines
"Female woodcraft sculpture over view"

Female woodcraft sculpture Philippines
"Female woodcraft sculpture bust view"

Female woodcraft sculpture Philippines
"Female woodcraft sculpture lower anterior view"

Female woodcraft sculpture Philippines
"Female woodcraft sculpture lower front view"

Female woodcraft sculpture Philippines
"Female woodcraft sculpture lower left side view"
Do contact us for the price. We have many, many other items that are heavily discounted. We will post them as soon as possible. Items are available for pickup only here in Lipa City Batangas, Philippines as we do not have the means to transport them yet.

We would be using the funds to repair the damage caused by typhoon Glenda.