Maitum jar diorama on display from next week

Replicas of the famous Maitum Jars will be on display at a specially-made diorama in the Maitum Town Hall starting May 5 for the town’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Plans are underway for a museum to be constructed in Maitum to showcase the real artefacts, currently housed in the National Museum in Manila.

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Minda News, 25 April 2009

A diorama of the famous anthropomorphic secondary burial jars will be inaugurated at the town hall of Maitum, Sarangani province on May 5, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the town.

Dubbed “Faces of Maitum Expression of Culture Exhibit,” the diorama, however, will feature only replicas of the jars, said Beth Ramos, municipal information officer.

Ramos, however, said they hope to have some of the authentic jars when the town gets to construct its own museum, with the help of the National Museum.

A symposium on the Maitum artifacts will follow the inauguration of the diorama, a project planned more than three years ago, before Mayor George Yabes was killed.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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