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Golden Tara

        The Golden Tara was discovered in 1917 along the banks of Wawa River in Agusan.  It was kept in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois since 1922. Henry Otley Beyer, the Philippines’s pioneer anthropologist-archaeologist, and some experts have agreed on its identity and have dated it to 900-950 A.D.  They cannot, however, place its provenance because of its distinct features.

        The golden statue is made of 21-karat gold, weighs 4 pounds and measures 5 inches in height.  It is a figure of the Hindu-Buddhist goddess Tara.