Bayawak, Men’s Necklace from Boar’s Teeth or Horn

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Bayawak, men's necklace from boar's teeth or horn, Philippines, Field Museum


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  • Bryan Paraiso March 9, 2014 - 8:52 am Reply

    The artifact is known as a ‘boaya’ among the Bontoc in Northern Luzon. This is worn by the Bontoc warriors during headhunting rites and dances, and worn along with the ‘tangkil’ or boar’s tusk armlet. Wearing this necklace imparts sympathetic magic on the wearer, giving him the strength, cunning, and ferocity of the crocodile.

    • Justin Tagarao March 23, 2014 - 9:57 pm Reply

      Basically an “Anting-Anting,” “Agimat,” or “Habak?”

  • lynnette torres March 9, 2014 - 4:11 pm Reply

    this necklace is poised to display “strength”. each unit of tooth depicts one boar a person has killed with non-mechanical weapon.
    during philippine prehistoric times, the longer the necklace meant the stronger the man hunter was for he has killed so many wild animals. the hunter is paid respect for he has protected mankind from wild animals and/or provided food for survival.

  • Kat Szabo March 17, 2014 - 2:59 am Reply

    From the photo many of the necklace units seem to be made of pearl oyster (Pinctada sp.) – a common raw material for important articles of material culture in northern Luzon.

  • Alexis Fule March 17, 2014 - 12:27 pm Reply

    It’s called a Bayawak necklace because other than a boar’s teeth or horn, a monitor’s lizard teeth can also be used to decorate the necklace. Just like a Shark’s teeth necklace.

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  • CelRayn March 26, 2014 - 8:02 am Reply

    This looks like a necklace I saw as cover of a book we have in the library. According to the book “E Masferre: People of the Philippine Cordillera, Photographs 1934-1956″ published by Devcon I.P. Inc. copyright 1998, it is called a “buaya”, a ceremonial necklace with boar, dog and crocodile teeth in woven rattan. In one of the photograph there, a respected elder is wearing one (p.126).

  • Sue Quirante March 26, 2014 - 1:20 pm Reply

    I’m curious why this was called “bayawak” (monitor lizard). Is the binding material sourced from its hide?

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