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Chert Flake Tool
A-74-62
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This piece is an excellent example of a highly retouched flake tool. Found only in the Guri Cave of Lipuun Point, Palawan, central Philippines, this piece is a transitory tool type that breached the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods.

History of the Object
Flake tools are found in numerous Philippine archaeological sites. These implements date to the late Pleistocene period. Between 5000 and 3000 B.C., when flake tools became more specialized. Since its acquisition in 1981, this object featured in the museum’s permanent diorama display until 2000 when the museum transferred to its temporary location. It was also featured in Treasures at Ayala Museum (2002).

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
chert 
Measurements
10.1 (length) x 4.1 (width) cm. 
Creator name
Pre-Buddhist, pre-Hindu, pre-Christian Filipino 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Philippines; Mindanao island, southern Philippines 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
BCE 50th century ~ BCE 20th century 
Creation date
BCE; Paleolithic to Neolithic Period (5000 – 2000 B.C.) 
Function
Scraping tool 
Acquisition
Gift of Fr. Jaime Neri, S.J. in 1974 
Copyright
This photograph and information pertaining to the artwork pictured herein may be used only once and only for the purpose of the Virtual Collection of Masterpieces (VCM) project. The image may not be cropped or manipulated. Credits (title of artwork, artist, collection/owner, and Ayala Museum) should always be included when publishing this photograph. 
Acknowledgements
Kasaysayan: The Story of The Filipino People. Volume II: “The Early Filipinos.” Asia Publishing Co. Ltd., 1998. Casino, G.E. et al. The People And Art Of The Philippines. Los Angeles: University of California, 1981. Jocano, F. Landa. Filipino Prehistory: Rediscovering Precolonial Heritage. Quezon City: Punlad Research House, Inc., 1998. 
Owner
Ayala Museum, Makati, Philippines 
Museum
Ayala Museum 
Credit line
Ayala Museum Collection 

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