Magic of the Philippines.

Bracelet (alternate view), 6th-11th centQuai Branly Museum

If you’re lucky enough to have spent a few months bouncing among the 7000 islands that make up the vast oceanic territory we call the Philippines, you’ll have doubtless noticed something extraordinary about this civilization whose artifacts date back some 60 thousand years: there is virtually no ancient architecture.

But if you drop into the meandering ethnographic art museum here called the Quai Branly, you will find a stunning array of exquisite and intimate pre-colonial objects from the daily lives of the islands’ kings, queens and warriors.

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See more via Frank Browning: Betel Nut Boxes, Golden Bracelets and Petrified Heads: Magic of the Ancient Philippines.

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