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Maitum anthropomorphic burial jar # 21
XI-91-P2-130-131
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is a unique piece. It is the only intact anthropomorphic burial jar with two arms, nipples, navel and a figure of a male sex organ on the body found in an archaeological context. The head is unpainted and it has perforations on the lid that show a side parting of the hair. Its lips are colored with red hematite and accented with an incised design. It has also two ear lugs on the lower half of the urn.

History of the Object
The burial jar was recovered in Ayub Cave, Pinol, Maitum, Saranggani Province. Inside the jar are tiny bone fragments and deciduous human teeth indicating that the jar was used for the burial of a young individual. The jar is on display at case # 2, Kaban ng Lahi Gallery, Museum of the Filipino People in Manila, Philippines

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Type
Other 
Materials
Earthenware; clay 
Measurements
Width maximum diameter - 26.3 cm Height 36.8 cm  
Creator name
Metal Age inhabitants of Prehistoric Maguindanao 
Creator date
Metal Age 
Where it was made
Philippines; Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao; Saranggani Province 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
BCE 3rd century ~ BCE 3rd century 
Creation date
BC; Ca. 5 BC to 225 AD; Metal Age 
Function
Secondary burial jar 
Acquisition
Recovered by National Museum archaeologists during the archaeological excavation in 1991 
Copyright
 
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Owner
National Museum 
Museum
National Museum of the Philippines 
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