Once considered essential decorations for royalty, these large, intricately-crafted brass jars, called Kabu, are now considered collectors’ items. Kabu were hand-made in Tugaya, Philippines, in the small community of Bubong, well-known for its brass works, until the rise in metal prices in recent years. The workshops of Bubong are empty and silent now. Our near-pair date from circa 1900. Taken apart, they can be used as candlesticks. One jar is 44 ½ inches tall; the other is slightly shorter (please see our last photo to show the size alongside a wine glass). Brass bands are artfully inlaid with copper. These two jars had once been converted into floor lamps and each bears a hole for the electrical cords. There is some wear as well as casting flaws shown in our photos but these do not detract from these wonderfully decorative objets.
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