Pinangpanga 11502

Bontoc, Ifugao and Kalinga, Philippines

Gold Alloy

19th Century or earlier

1.3 in/3.3 cm  16.9 grams

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The Ifugao, Bontoc and Kalinga peoples of the Northern Philippine Mountains wear a simple omega shaped ornament called ling-lingo that in symbolic form represents the female sex and fertility. Presented here is a more complex and rarer version of this earring/pendant called a pinangpanga, which features the heads of deer (or possibly hornbill birds) projecting from both sides. This is the earliest example I have ever encountered, with a great patina of use.