Butuan Ivory Seal

Age of Contact

Libertad, Butuan City
1002 AD



An ivory stamp seal associated with a shell midden dated 9th-12th century was found in Libertad, Butuan City in Agusan del Norte (southern Philippines). Inscribed on the seal is the word Butban in stylized Kavi. The script has a similarity to the Tagalog script. Butban, was presumed to stand for Butwan or Butuan since the letters b and w were frequently interchanged.

Dated 1002 A.D., the seal could have been used for documentation in trading.






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