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Belt
Place of Origin: Philippines, Mindanao island group
Date: 1900-1950
Materials: Cotton, glass beads, silver bells, shell
Dimensions: H. 6 in x Diam. 22 in, H. 15 cm x Diam. 56 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the James and Elaine Connell Collection
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Decorative Arts
Object Number: 2012.57
On Display: Yes
Location: Tateuchi Thematic Gallery
Culture: Bagobo people

Description

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The anthropologist Laura Benedict, who studied the Bagobo people of the southern Philippines in the early 1900s, described both their intricate and colorful clothing and their use of beaded jewelry, brass bells, and bangles. She writes that their presence was announced by the tinkling of their hollow bracelets and brass bell ornaments.

This belt with its attached silver beads gives us a fine illustration of how clothing could announce one’s presence. The Bagobo were known for their fine beadwork as well as metalwork.


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Exhibition History: "Philippine Art: Collecting Art, Collecting Memories", Asian Art Museum, 7/14/2017 - 3/11/2018
Label:

The anthropologist Laura Benedict, who studied the Bagobo people of the southern Philippines in the early 1900s, described both their intricate and colorful clothing and their use of beaded jewelry, brass bells, and bangles. She writes that their presence was announced by the tinkling of their hollow bracelets and brass bell ornaments.

This belt with its attached silver beads gives us a fine illustration of how clothing could announce one’s presence. The Bagobo were known for their fine beadwork as well as metalwork.


Exhibition History: "Philippine Art: Collecting Art, Collecting Memories", Asian Art Museum, 7/14/2017 - 3/11/2018