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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?, cloth, metal, beading, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 75 x 12 cm
    Object Length/Width: 29 1/2 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of Charles K. Warriner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3559

The long, rectangular beaded panel has horn embellishments on either end and a small possibly wooden container and lid at one end.

The beaded panel is a net-like design with a white "X" a yellow "X" and the field includes red, white, black, medium blue, pink, green, and white. Small round metal bells or red cloth strips hang from the beaded fringes at either end of the beaded strip.

The horn embellishment at the top has a leaf-like design. The horn embellishment at the bottom is more triangular, also with a leaf-like design. There is a large bird, identified as a garunda bird, at the tip, and another smaller garunda bird on the side. There are two strands of twisted beads in white, dark blue, yellow, light blue and red that hold the container and lid. The lid is slightly domed. The container has a small foot.