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Kalinga Head Axe, Sinawit
E-Kal-94
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A heavy metal blade with a long wooden handle covered with metal rings and with an ethnic motif. The blade is made from a high-grade metal and the metal rings on the handle are intricatley decorated with ethnic motifs representing the fierceness of the owner. Headhunting was an activity among this group which manifested courage, moral issues, and leadership. It also had an intellectual as well as a sexual aspect. This was recently discussed by anthropologists.

History of the Object
The object was collected by Col.and Mrs. Fitch on October 7, 1957 and donated to the National Museum. It is on display at the Pang-ulo exhibit, Museum of the Filipino People.

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
metal, wood 
Measurements
Length 55.0 cm  
Creator name
Kalinga 
Creator date
20th century 
Where it was made
Philippines; Cordillera; Mt. Province; Kalinga; Kalinga Culture 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th century 
Function
Used during headhunting ritiuals in the past however, at present, it is used for general purposes. 
Acquisition
Collected on October 7, 1957 by Col. and Mrs. Roger Fitch (unknown) and donated to the NM. It is on display at the Pang-ulo exhibit, Museum of the Filipino People. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
National Museum 
Museum
National Museum of the Philippines 
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