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37.4 x 4 cm, 296.5 grams
This belt fragment was designed with tubular beads forming geometric patterns such as Xs, diamonds, and triple dashes within a loop-in-loop mesh. It would have been part of an ensemble of personal adornments of a nobleman from 10th-13th-century Philippines. This belt band was originally connected to one of the buckles in this collection and is part of the so-called “Surigao Treasure” recovered in Surigao del Sur province in Mindanao.
Most belts that were irregularly excavated were cut and divided up among looters. Only a few complete belts survive.
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