Ayala Museum showcases pre-colonial gold treasures in New York

Selected pieces from Ayala Museum’s permanent display entitled “Gold of Ancestors” will be exhibited at the Asia Society and Museum in New York beginning September 11, 2015 until January 3, 2016. 

In an exhibition called Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms, Ayala Museum’s gold collection will be joined by pieces loaned from other public and private collections including Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Collections. This will be the first time that these pieces will be viewed outside of the Philippines.

The exhibition focuses on the wealth of the golden age of Butuan, a polity in Mindanao that rose to prominence in the 13th century. It will feature chains, jewelry, ritual bowls, funeral masks, and ceremonial weapons, objects that are testament to the rich and sophisticated culture already present in what would be the Philippine islands prior to Western contact. 

The opening ceremony and gala dinner will be held on September 10, at 6 PM.

Ayala Museum’s “Gold of Ancestors” is an exhibition of more than one thousand gold objects celebrates the sophisticated cultures that existed in the Philippines before colonization in the 16th century. Many of the precious objects were recovered in association with tenth to thirteenth century Chinese export ceramics. 

For more information, please visit the following links:
Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms
Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms Opening Gala
Ayala Museum

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