The New York Times’ review of the Philippine Gold exhibition at the Asia Society.
Gold image of a female with upraised hands. Source: New York Times, 24 September 2015
Review: ‘Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms’
New York Times, 24 September 2015
More than half a millennium before Ferdinand Magellan reached the archipelago now called the Philippines in 1521, a number of related societies thrived there. Little is known about them. They left no enduring architecture, monuments or literature. One thing is certain, however: They were astoundingly skillful goldsmiths.
The star of the show and the biggest piece is a gleaming sash that could be mistaken for a futuristic ammunition belt. Made of myriad gold beads, it’s designed to be worn over one shoulder, across the chest and to the hip where one end threads through a loop and concludes with the setting for a now lost finial. Nearly five feet long and square sectioned (about an inch on a side), it weighs about nine pounds.
Another striking piece, called a kamagi, consists of 12 necklaces strung together into a nearly 15-foot-long chain punctuated by small, colored stones. The individual necklaces are composed of smooth, interlocking beads that combine to form flexible, snakelike lengths of gold.
Full story here.
An exhibition of gold artefacts from the Philippines opened earlier this month at the Asia Society in New York. Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms will run until 3 January 2016.
Gold vessel in the form of kinnari. Source: Asia Society 20150911
Phillipines History to Shine at Asia Society Museum
Newsweek, 06 September 2015
Philippine Gold Glitters in the Big Apple
The Filipino Express, 07 September 2015
A Golden Discovery in the Philippines
Asia Society, 11 September 2015
When Filipino worker Berto Morales was digging on a government irrigation project in 1981, he literally struck gold. But what he found that day was worth more than its weight—he had uncovered evidence of a lost civilization.
On Friday, Asia Society New York unveiled its exhibition Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms, displaying more than 100 gold artifacts on loan from the Ayala Museum and the Central Bank of the Philippines in Manila. Most objects trace back to the Kingdom of Butuan — a still scarcely understood civilization centered on the island of Mindanao that rose to prominence in the 10th century before mysteriously declining in the 13th. But it took more than seven centuries for the objects to be found, and once they were, they wouldn’t be seen in the West for another several decades.
Gold has always factored into the history of the Philippines, a country still estimated to have as much as $1 trillion worth of untapped deposits beneath its surface. And despite what little is known about Butuan some aspects of its society clearly revolved around the precious metal.
Full story here, here and here.
Ancient gold jewelry from the Ayala Museum collection will be exhibited for the first time in New York at the Asia Society from next month.
Ear ornaments from Butuan, from the Ayala Museum collection. Source: Philippine Inquirer 20150812
NY society to get a glimpse of Philippine pre-colonial gold
Philippine Inquirer, 12 August 2015
When the exhibit of gold artifacts from the Philippines opens at the Asia Society Museum in New York City next month, visitors will be astounded by the quality and intricacy of the pieces. The fact that they date from the 10th to the 13th centuries should be even more cause for amazement.
This is the first time that these pre-colonial gold objects, on loan from the collections of Ayala Museum and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), will be exhibited in the United States.
“Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms” opens Sept. 11 and will run until early January 2016.
Full story here.
A trove of Philippine gold from Butuan province, usually on display at the Ayala Museum in the Philippines, will be exhibited at the Asia Society in New York from this September to January next year. Having seen them before I must say the gold pieces are quite exquisite, but it is a pity there is very little contextual information to them.
Ancient PH gold exhibit heads to New York
By Jobers Bersales (Inquirer Philippines) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
ABS-CBN News, 15 July 2015
About 120 gold artifacts mostly from the golden age of Butuan, a city in the Southern Philippines, will be on display at the Asia Society Museum in New York beginning September 11.
Ancient Filipinos in Kingdom of Butuan had a sophisticated culture with a fine taste for handcrafted gold items during the 10th and 11th centuries.
“The Filipinos, before they were called Filipino, were making beautiful, artistic, exquisite jewelry from gold. So it’s like King Tut of Egypt being discovered and coming to the Metropolitan Museum. Everybody went to see it. This is our King Tut,” said Community leader and philanthropist Loida Nicolas-Lewis.
Organizers of “Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms” were recently at the Philippine Consulate in New York to promote the exhibit.
“We are aiming for spectacular, not just a special this fall,” Tom Nagorski, executive vice president of Asia Society said.
Full story here.
A feature on the Myanmar art exhibiton at the Asia Society in New York. Article has images of more artefacts.
19th century food cover. Source: NBC News 20150210
Museum Curators Build Trust to Host First Myanmar Art in U.S.
NBC News, 10 February 2015
For the first time, a series of sacred art pieces from Myanmar will be displayed in the U.S. at New York’s Asia Society Museum. Buddhist Art of Myanmar runs from February 10 through May 10 and showcases 70 pieces made from stone, bronze and lacquered wood, along with textiles, paintings and pieces used in rituals from the fifth through the twentieth century. Josette Sheeran, president and CEO of Asia Society says that the exhibit personifies an, “extraordinary moment in art and diplomacy.”
Myanmar, also known as “Burma,” has a lengthy history of colonization – the British controlled the country until 1948. It’s one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world, and is home to many different faiths including Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. The exhibit is a “reflection of the extraordinary impact of Buddhism,” said Kevin Rudd, president of the society’s Policy Institute and the former prime minister of Australia. At 90 percent, Buddhists make up the largest portion of the population in Myanmar.
Full story here.
Another story on the upcoming exhibition at the Asia Society in New York, featuring the Buddhist art of Myanmar.
Sandstone Pagan period Buddha. Source: DVB 20150118
Burmese Buddhist art premieres in New York
DVB, 18 January 2015
The Asia Society plays host to Buddhist art from Myanmar starting from next month.
Gu Byauk Gyi pagoda in Bagan, Myanmar. source: Mizzima 20150108
Myanmar Buddhist art set for New York exhibition
Mizzima, 08 January 2015
The Asia Society in New York will be hosting a special exhibition next year on the Buddhist art of Myanmar.
Seated Buddha from Bagan. Source: New York Observer 20141121
Asia Society to Show Buddhist Art from Myanmar Never Before Seen in the U.S.
New York Observer, 21 November 2014
An LA Times review of the ancient Vietnam exhibition currently on at the Asia Society Museum in New York.
‘Arts of Ancient Viet Nam’
LA Times, 21 February 2010
The Asia Society in New York opens the exhibition Arts of Ancient Vietnam: From River Plain to Open Sea last week. Readers who might not be able to make it to New York for the exhibition may be interested in the book available here.
Ancient Vietnam exhibition opens in the US
VOV News, 02 February 2010
Ancient Vietnam exhibition opens in New York
Vietnam Net Bridge, 02 February 2010