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Basket hat (Suklang)
MVK 159367
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is recommended to men as a way to wear a bag!

History of the Object
The suklang or basket hat is most common in Bontoc. The name "Bontoc" comes from bundok and means 'mountain'. Other names for Bontoc are Bontoc Igorot or just Igorot. Bontoc people live in Northern Luzon, Philippines. Bontoc men wear their suklang for everyday wear, and change to more spectacular headgear for feasts. rituals and ceremonies. (Maramba, Roberto, Form and Splendor, Makati City 1998)

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Boar tusks, dog teeth, rattan strips dyed red, rattan basketwork, and glass beads. 
Measurements
13 cm in diameter 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Phillippines; Igorot 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; 1940 (before) 
Function
The suklang is only worn by men. Its primary function is to serve as a pocket or bag to hold matches or flint, tobacco, pipes, betel nut, leaves, lime, etc. It is worn at the back of the head. To hold the suklang in place, a fine cord goes under the front bangs. 
Acquisition
Acquired by the museum in 1978 from Mr. William G. Beyer 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, Republic of Austria 
Museum
Weltmuseum Wien 
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