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Bolinao Teeth Gold Ornaments
I-1964-F-57
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The dental ornamentation consists of pegging with gold plates in a fish scale design or pattern and pegged with gold wire rivets. The gold decorations on the teeth are like tiny nails with flat rounded tops of heads and placed in a bored hole on the teeth, overlapping one another, like fish scales.

History of the Object
Among of the significant information gathered in the archaeological excavation of Balingasay Site, Bolinao, Pangasinan is the beautiful and ornate method of decorating the teeth with gold. In this site, teeth with gold ornaments were found in 67 skulls. One of the skulls is the renowned Bolinao skull where gold scales were observed on the buccal surfaces of the upper and lower incisors and canines. The Bolinao skull is on display at the Pang-ulo Exhibit, 4th floor, Museum of the Filipino People.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Gold 
Measurements
Width 10 mm Height 11.5 mm  
Creator name
Proto-historic inhabitants of Pangasinan 
Creator date
14th Century -15th Century 
Where it was made
Philippines; Region 1; Pangasinan; Bolinao 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 15th century 
Creation date
14th Century - 15th Century 
Function
Teeth ornaments / decoration 
Acquisition
Systematically recovered by archaeologists from the National Museum. Gold scales attached on the incisor. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum 
Museum
National Museum of the Philippines 
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