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gekem (cosmetic container)
  • Maranao peoples
  • gekem (cosmetic container), late 1800s–1959
  • Where object was made: Lanao del Sur, Philippines
  • carabao horn, wood?, beading, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 30.5 x 12 cm
    Object Length/Width: 12 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of Charles K. Warriner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3558

The small wood or horn container has a lid that dangles from a beaded panel. The panel has a triangular horn element at the top, carved in a curving leaf pattern. The beaded panel is a rectangle with a net-like design with translucent light purple at the top and bottom, a center field of clear and grey beads on orange thread, and green teardrop shaped beads around purple panels and the center field. There are long tubular beads at the bottom in green and yellow, and one of each color attaches to the lid of the container.
The lid is slightly domed and the container is footed with incised lines around the stem.