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Butuan, Agusan del Norte
16.5 x 2.42 cm 6.8 grams
Deceased wealthy individuals were buried with jewelry and textiles with gold appliques. Their faces were fitted with a full-face mask, or cut-out covers for the eyes, nose, and mouth, which were made onsite by goldsmiths or panday-ginto. This funerary diadem adorned the forehead.
The gold accessories affirmed the status of the deceased during their lifetime and ensured a safe journey and cordial welcome to the afterlife.
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