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Ifugao Prestige Status Symbol Shell Belt and Buckle "Ginuttu"

It is one of the most highly prized heirloom among the Ifugao's worn only by the kadangyan (upper class) as a sign of prestige

The belt is worn only by men of the social elite or kadangyan class. Boys can wear them during and after their elevation to the rank of kadangyan. Their use is limited to festive occasions such as marriage, funeral rites, successful headhunting raid dances and canyao's. The ginuttu is worn like an officer's sash except that the overlapping part is not worn on the side but in front. The belt is fixed at the waist usually from somewhere at the right side to the upper part of the left thigh and then allowed to hang loose at the left side. Reference: "Form & Splendor" by Roberto Maramba

Period/Date: Circa 1930's

Materials:  rattan, shells, button made from carabao horn

Origin: Ifugao Tribe - Provenance: Ex Bontoc Mayor, Philippine Tribal Art Dealer Mary Ngalawen

(Approximate) Overall Length: 45 inches, diameter of the upod: 5 inches, smallest shell 1 inch, biggest 2 inches






ifugao belt prestige symbol

ifugao belt prestige symbol