Figure of a female deity (?) seated cross-legged, made of 21 carat gold. It has a richly ornamented head-dress and many ornaments on th arms and other parts of the body. ( Francisco 1963: 390)
Gold image of a Hindu deity, probably of Javanese workmanship, and representing Shiiva's wife Parvati? or more probably Bodhisativa (Copied from Field Museum card catalog) Notes: See Accession jacket for information re: published material on this specimen, including reprint of 1963 article by Juan R. Francisco.
Technical Description: Agusan image; Field Museum Catalogue Number: 109928
This was found in 1917 on the left bank of the Wawa River near Esperanza, Agusan, eastern Mindanao, following a storm and flood.
News of its existence eventually reached important people such as Louise Wood, whose husband Leonard Wood served as American governor-general in the Philippines. Fearing that the image might be melted down for its value in gold, Mrs. Wood conducted a fundraising campaign to collect funds for the purchase of the gold artifact. She enlisted the help of Fay-Cooper Cole, the curator of Chicago Field Museum's Southeast Asian department, together with Shaler Matthews, a professor at the University of Chicago, for the fundraising campaign. Their efforts paid off when the image was finally acquired for the museum in 1922 for ₱4,000.00. The image was then shipped to the United States in 1922 and was finally housed at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where it is still stored up to this day. (Capistrano-Baker 2011: 262).
Francisco, Juan R. (1963). "A Note on the Golden Image of Agusan". Philippine Studies. 11 (3): 395. ISSN 0031-7837. JSTOR 42719871
Capistrano-Baker, Florina H; Guy, John; Miksic, John N (2011). "The Aqusan lmaqe in the Field Museum of Natural History (Jamie Kelly)". Philippine ancestral gold. Ayala Foundation; NUS Press. p. 262.
[Book] de Monbrison, Constance & Alvina, Corazon S. 2013. Philippines: An Archipelago of Exchange.
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