Large Dragon Jar

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Large Dragon Jar, Philippines heritage collection, Field Museum, Chicago


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  • Michael Armand Canilao November 1, 2013 - 12:47 am Reply

    Stoneware “Dragon jars” like this piece were mainly imported from China and Annam (Vietnam). They were mainly used as storage containers for the ceremonial basi (rice wine), which is redistributed by the chief during feasts. Paul Gironierre in his book 20 years in the Philippines has an illustration showing this object in the center of a “Tingguian Brain Feast” circa 19th c. Locally it was called “Binuwaya” because the dragon was recasted as a crocodile

    • sarahlynnpablo November 1, 2013 - 3:05 pm Reply

      Really? I wonder if there’s any traces of basi inside!

      A brain feast?

  • Michael Armand Canilao November 1, 2013 - 7:15 pm Reply

    Some warriors believe that you absorb the skills and prestige of the enemy via ritual cannibalism. Apparently that was what PF Gironierre witnessed then.

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