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Manunggul Shell scoop
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The Manunggul Shell Spoon is a concave utensil with a sharp point at one end and a figure at the other end. The latter has a right extremity that forms to what appears like an arm with five digits. The left extremity and the head are missing. The outer surface of the body whorl near the figure has an angular shoulder. This shell spoon is not bilaterally symmetrical.

History of the Object
Shell scoops made from the body whorl of Turbo marmoratus first appeared in the late Neolithic Period. At the early part of Philippine Prehistory , early inhabitants in the Quezon area did not use mollusks as a source of food only -- the protective shells of mollusks were also utilized as raw materials in the manufacture of utensils or implements. This was made possible by the development of human skills such as sawing, drilling and polishing the shells about 3,000 years ago.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Shell 
Measurements
Width 11.0 cm Length 24.5 cm  
Creator name
Neolithic Man 
Creator date
Late Neolithic Period  
Where it was made
Philippines; Palawan; Quezon 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
BCE 10th century ~ BCE 10th century 
Creation date
BC; Late Neolithic Period - ca. 1,000 BC 
Function
Implement 
Acquisition
Systematically excavated by a team of archaeologists from the National Museum led by Dr. Rober Fox, fomer anthropologist of the NM. The object entered the NM collection in 1964. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum 
Museum
National Museum of the Philippines 
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