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Halter

Ca. 10th - 13th century

Origin

Surigao

Medium

Gold

Dimensions

150 cm length, 3,860 grams

Collection

Archaeological Materials

Description

Often referred as the “Golden Regalia,” this massive gold sash attests to the early influence of Hindu culture in early Filipino culture. It is worn across the chest in the manner of the Hindu upavita or sacred thread. Weighing close to four kilos of gold, this piece was likely worn by an important datu or chief during key rituals. It is made of tightly braided gold wires and gold beads woven to assemble a four-cornered halter with a slit was provided on one end – perhaps to hold a ceremonial dagger.

Acknowledgement

Ayala Museum Collection

Location

Museum Storage

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