#185 Manunggul Jar

The Manunggul Jar is designated as a Philippine national treasure and is on permanent exhibit at the National Museum in Manila.

A so-called secondary burial jar, the jar was found in one of the chambers of Tabon Cave in Palawan. Dated from about 2,800 years the jar was found by National Museum and US Peace Corps volunteers in March 1964. The faces of the figures and on the prow of the boat have eyes and mouth rendered in the same style as other artefacts in Southeast Asia of that period. 

There is a depiction of sea-waves on the jar’s lid, and experts attribute this decorative style to the Sa-huýnh-Kalanay Pottery tradition of Southern Vietnam. The steersman’s oar is missing its paddle as is the mast in the center of the boat, against which the steersman would have braced his feet. This symbolizes that the figures are travelling to the next life. Secondary burial was fairly common in the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia until quite recently, according to experts. In secondary burial, only bones were placed in the jar and the jar itself is not buried.

The Manunggul Jar is an important archaeological artefact providing insights into prehistoric Philippines. It shows the early Filipinos’ concept of death and their belief in an afterlife and that there were means to communicate with their dead relatives, a tradition that is still practiced by many indigenous groups in the Philippines (from Wikipedia).


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11 responses to “#185 Manunggul Jar

  1. maryrose damaso

    wow ang ganda naman talagang malikhain yung mga pilipino……………………………….NICE AND CONGRATSPO……….

  2. volleyball

    AHM………ang masasabi ku lang talagang matalino ang pilipino………..

  3. patunay lng yan na malikhain ang mga pilipino 🙂

  4. john paul

    alagaan ang manuggul jar

  5. reynalyn salas

    dabest talaga ang mga pilipino

  6. Alfredo B. Baylon lV, a.k.a., Lahing Pilipino Name - Tukmol B. Tamulmol

    It’s time to re-examine the validity of our externally enforced belief that affects our unity as a Race. The artifact predates two religious paradigms: that of Isaac and Esau. The two siblings of Abraham/Ibrahim who started the art of ethnic cleansing as a result of their father’s tribal practice of concubinage. We were doing pottery when both of these Semitic brothers were still using hides to contain water. We’re ahead of Gilgamesh and of Homer’s Trojan Tikbalang. MABULAY ANG LAHI!

  7. tedangelo

    Grabe.. Pag inisip mo yung nakaraan natin noong unang panahon kakaiba.. Ang daming fantasy ang buhay nun..Sa totoo lang naniniwala akong may mga magic noon mga pantasya.. Pag tinignan mo ung manunggul jar kakaiba..

  8. panatilihing di mabubura sa kasaysayan ng philipinas ang manunggol jar………………………………………………………………………………….
    patunay na isang malikhain ang mga pinoy at pinay 🙂

  9. clarissalimbing

    ganda talaga gumawa ang pinoy da best pa

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