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Philippine Pottery

Scope Note

Pottery in the Philippines dates back to prehistoric times as proven by the 3500 years old Manunggul jars that served as burial jars of the ancient Filipinos. The following links are selected articles and researches on Philippine Pottery. The sites were extracted on the 4th week of March 2012.

Internet Sites

Ancient Philippine Burial Traditions and Qingbai Ceramics
[Retrieved March 22, 2012]

This article contains information about the "excavated ceramics that were brought to the Philippine shores centuries ago showing evidences of the Filipinos’ contacts with their neighboring countries at different chronological periods."

Anthropomorphic Pots
[Retrieved March 22, 2012]

This site contains information about the burial jars and burial practices of early Filipinos.

Classical Gold and Pottery from the Pre-Colonial Period
[Retrieved March 22, 2012]

This site presents information about the Philippine Pottery in the Neolithic Age. It also describes the pots and how it was used during those times.

Manunggul Jar
[Retrieved March 22, 2012]

This site contains a detailed description of the Manunggul Jar, that was found in Manunggul, Lippuun Pt., Palawan.

Oriental Arts Collection
[Retrieved March 22, 2012]

This site shows the ceramic collection of the UST Museum. The collection is consisted of wares from Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam that "attest to brisk pre-colonial trade activity between the Philippines and its Asian neighbors."

Philippines (SEAPots)
[Retrieved March 22, 2012]

This site contains a brief history of the Philippine Pottery and its status in contemporary times.

Pottery dating back to Metal Age found in Cebu town
[Retrieved March 22, 2012]

This article contains information about the " unearthed ancient pottery, believed to be dated back to the Philippine Metal Age at the grounds of the parish church in San Remigio town, Cebu."

Stolen artefacts point to lost Philippines tribe (by Thomas Bell)
[Retrieved March 22, 2012]

This article is about the recovered sacks of pots that believed to be an evidence of a lost tribe from antiquity smugglers.

Traditional Pottery Making in Antique, Philippines
[Retrieved March 22, 2012]

This is about the continuous use of traditional way of molding earthen products by the “bari” potters of Sibalom.

The Calatagan Pot (by Hector Santos)
[Retrieved March 22, 2012]

This article is about the pot surrendered by hunters to the National Museum and was called the Calatagan Pot. It is the first prehistoric artefact found that has inscriptions and it is still undechiphered until now.

The Manunggul Jar as a Vessel of History (by Micheal Chareleston B. Chua)
[Retrieved March 22, 2012]

This article contains information about the Manunggul jar, its craftsmanship and its possible use and meaning.

The Picasso of Philippine Pottery, Gulf News, June 4, 2004 (by Barbara Mae Dacanay) 
[Retrieved March 22, 2012]

This article is about the stoneware maker, Hadrian Mendoza who became popular in the world of pottery due to his “fearless and audacious search for the unusual and indigenous forms, including expressionistic shapes, despite the limitations of pots and vases.”

Should you have comments or suggestions on this webliography, please call us at these telephone numbers, 536-0244, 524-4611 local 620 or email us through "Ask LORA".

Compiled by: Laurence Narvaez 
Date: March 22, 2012