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Helmet
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It was selected for being a very particular and uncommon kind of helmet or salacot.

History of the Object
The hat, or salacot, was an important part of male apparel and an indispensable item in rural zones. Their production was a craft extensive among women, mainly in these rural areas. They were made of different shapes and materials such as pumpkin, leather, carabao horn or tortoise shell, as well as different vegetable fibers such as nipa, buri, nito and buntal. This is a helmet or salacot made with sea urchin shell, a fish found in the sea around the islands. On the top it has a wrought silver round plaque with floral motifs from which a final detail extends, made from the same material and with an openwork decoration that is a very distinctive ornament in many of the salacots of the 19th century.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Sea hedgehog and silver 
Measurements
Width 17,5 cm Height 15 cm. Length 23 cm.  
Creator name
Grupo Visaya 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Philippines; Visayas;Isla de Panay. 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; ca. 1870 
Function
Male apparel 
Acquisition
In 1887, a monographic exhibition about the Philippines took place in Madrid with the objective of showing the natural products of those islands, as well as its industry and crafts. It was thought that this would help support trade between those remote lands and the metropolis. Then, an important collection of products and objects belonging to the various groups who inhabited the islands were sent to Madrid. This represented their different economic activities, apparel, ornaments, domestic housewares, musical instruments, ritual objects, weapons, etc. When this exhibition was closed, the Library Museum of High Seas (Museo Biblioteca de Ultramar) was created with all of the collections, both objects and bibliographies. In 1908, this museum was closed and the majority of its collections were passed on to become part of the National Museum of Anthropology. 
Copyright
Museo Nacional de Antropología Ministerio de Cultura 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museo Nacional de Antropología Ministerio de Cultura 
Museum
National Museum of Anthropology 
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  • Nu Mra Zan522 weeks ago

    I have never found such kind of helmet, very unique

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