18/06/2015: Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms
A unique exhibition of Philippine gold is coming to the United States.
Asia Society Museum presents an exhibition of spectacular works of gold—including exquisite regalia, jewelry, functional and ritualistic objects, ceremonial weapons, and funerary masks—from collections in the Philippines and supplemented with objects from the United States.
Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms, will be on view in New York from September 10, 2015, through January 3, 2016, and showcases recently excavated objects that highlight the prosperity and achievements of the little-known Philippine Kingdoms that flourished long before the Spanish discovered the region and colonized it. The exhibition, which comprises approximately 120 objects from the tenth through thirteenth century, demonstrates sophisticated gold-working techniques developed during this period.
The vast majority of works in the exhibition are on loan from the Ayala Museum and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Gold Collection and have never been shown outside of the Philippines. Many of the works, unearthed between the 1960s and 1981, affirm the unprecedented creativity, prosperity, and sophisticated metalworking tradition of the precolonial period. They also attest to flourishing cultural connections and maritime trade in Southeast Asia during what was an early Asian economic boom.
Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms is organized by guest curator Florina H. Capistrano-Baker, Consulting Curator, Ayala Museum, and Adriana Proser, Asia Society’s John H. Foster Senior Curator for Traditional Asian Art. The exhibition will be accompanied by a season of programming that highlights the richness and diversity of Philippine culture and current affairs, and explores its cuisine, performing arts, film, design, literature, and more.