National Museum of Artifacts: Pre-Colonial

The cultural of pre-colonial Philippines include those covered by the prehistory and the early history of the Philippines archipelago and its inhabitants, the indigenous forebears of today’s Filipino people. Philippines has it’s history on art, tradition and culture, early Filipinos would mold and make different objects for there one tools for surviving:

Upi-an/Upigan, Mamian, Sukluban — Pouches, These were used as receptacles for betel chew, ingredients. Offering and exchanging betel signify, friendship and hospitality

Kabaong na Uka sa Troso — “Dugout wooden coffin”: Guyungan, toctoc, Banton Island, Romblon Triangular lid with carved human and crocodile heads

Manunggul jar- used as a secondary burial jar excavated from a Neolithic burial site in the Manunggul cave of the Tabon Caves at Lipuun Point in Palawan.

These accessories were used mostly for fashion and warriors, a symbol of their class and culture.

Ginuttu- One of the ifugao’s priced heirlooms only by the kadangyan

Fikum- only esteemed warriors are allowed to wear these decorated shells

Tangkil/Abkil- These were worn above the biceps and were common than the fuyay-ya

Paghahanda ng patay- another ancient burial ground provided information on the spiritual of the early Filipino. A common practice of the early Filipino. On the top of the jar it symbolizes representation of the soul. shows that the Filipinos maritime culture is paramount that it reflected its ancestors’ religious beliefs.

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