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Butuan, Agusan del Norte
20.5 x 2.9 cm, 15.2 grams
This is a funerary diadem which was worn over the brow of the deceased, who was likely a person of status when he or she was alive. In pre-colonial Philippines, the remains of high-ranking members of society were adorned with gold jewelry and textiles with gold appliques. These ensure a safe journey and welcome to the afterlife.
The orifice covers and funerary diadems were created by goldsmiths, called panday-ginto, at the site of the burial.
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