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Maranao Armor - Rarub-A-Klong
E-Mar-100
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The colored bronze armor is made of interlocking ringlets and brass plates decorated with armilus motif. This is an exploratory craft made to answer the need of protecting the Moro warriors as a counterpart to the vest used by the Spanish soldiers. Presently, there are few rarub-a-klong that survive and are either exhibited or stored in Philippine museums and museums abroad with Philippine collections. There were no attempts made to duplicate this object after the 1920s due to unavalibility of craftsmen.

History of the Object
The metallic armor was collected before the start of World War II (before 1940) in Lanao del Sur. It is presently on display at the Kinahinatnan Gallery, Museum of the Filipino People.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Brass and carabao horn 
Measurements
Width 39.0 cm Length 43.3 cm  
Creator name
Maranao 
Creator date
Beginning of the 20th century 
Where it was made
Philippines; Mindanao; Lanao del Sur; Maranao 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th century (beginning) 
Function
Body protection 
Acquisition
The metallic armor was collected before the start of World War II (before 1940) in Lanao del Sur. It is presently on display at the Kinahinatnan Gallery, Museum of the Filipino People. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
National Museum 
Museum
National Museum of the Philippines 
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