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Plaque

Ca. 10th - 13th century

Origin

Northeastern Mindanao

Medium

Gold

Dimensions

7.7 x 3.3 cm, 3.7 grams

Collection

Archaeological Materials

Description

The abundance of gold in most parts of the archipelago made it possible for goldsmiths or panday-ginto to fashion plaques like this. Made of a thin sheet of gold, it is topped with three triangular prongs with an arrowhead point clearly seen at the middle. In the center is a stylized male figure with upraised arms, surrounded by scrolls, hammered in repoussé.

This is one of the 11 similar plaques recovered in Northeastern Mindanao. Together, these plaques may have been part of an ornament.

Acknowledgement

Ayala Museum Collection

Location

Museum Storage

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