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A sash or caste, gold cord, from the exhibit “Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms” / Asia Society New York

A sash or caste, gold cord, from the exhibit “Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms” / Asia Society New York

Philippines ~ northern Luzon. | Upper arm bracelet worn by Ifugao men during ritual ceremonies | Wood, wild boar tusks, rattan | Est. 1'500 - 2'000€ ~ (May '15)

Philippines ~ northern Luzon. | Upper arm bracelet worn by Ifugao men during ritual ceremonies | Wood, wild boar tusks, rattan | Est. 1'500 - 2'000€ ~ (May '15)

Ethnographic Arms & Armour - Period Photos of People with Ethnographic ArmsBagobo

Ethnographic Arms & Armour - Period Photos of People with Ethnographic ArmsBagobo

Philippines | Tikam or hip/waist ornament from the Bontoc people, Igorot group | Mother of pearl and coconut | Early 20th century | POR

Tikam or hip/waist ornament from the people, Igorot group

Lakay Dilag wears a very intricate bikking or warrior’s chest tattoo. Traditionally, these V-shaped markings represented the gayang or eagle: an oracle bird and messenger to the Creator God Kabunian. However, this once abstract motif has been accentuated and replaced with a figurative rendition of the eagle that many WWII Kalinga veterans borrowed from peso or centavo coin designs from the American commonwealth period (1935-1946). The star (bituwon) beneath the eagle symbolizes the beacon…

A very early century photograph of a heavily tattooed Kalinga warrior of Balatok village covered in python scales and centipede designs. an marked in this way.

Philippines ~ northern Luzon. | Upper arm bracelet worn by Ifugao men during ritual ceremonies | Wood, wild boar tusks, rattan and hair | Est. 1'500 - 2'000€ ~ (May '15)

Philippines ~ northern Luzon. | Upper arm bracelet worn by Ifugao men during ritual ceremonies | Wood, wild boar tusks, rattan and hair | Est. 1'500 - 2'000€ ~ (May '15)

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