Pre-colonial gold now at the Ayala Museum

Golden belt, Surigao del Sur treasures

 

Last friday, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Chairman of the Monetary Board Gov. Amando Maglalang Tetangco, Jr., together with Asia Society Philippines Board Chair Doris Magsaysay Ho and Ayala Corporation President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala, in an presscon at the Ayala Museum, presented to the media some of the rarest artifacts preserved over time. These are the golden treasures from different regions in the Philippines. Amazingly, these have been carefully preserved and looks as if they never aged and tarnished.

These treasures will be showcased in other countries and this September, Asia Society and Ayala Museum, with special participation from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), will bring a groundbreaking gold exhibition from the Philippines to New York from September 11, 2015, to early-January 2016, the exhibit Philippine Gold : Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms will feature over 120 spectacular gold objects dated between the 10th and 13th century, on loan from the collections of Ayala Museum and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

From the Ayala Museum collection

Golden belt, Surigao del Sur treasures

GOLD BELT
Surigao Treasure, Surigao del Sur province, Ca. 10th – 13th century, 5.5 x 68.3 cm, 564 grams

Ayala Museum Collection, Photography by Neal Oshima

 

Ear ornament, Asia Society, Ayala Museum

EAR ORNAMENT
Eastern Visayas, Ca. 10th – 13th century
4.2 cm diameter, 0.9 cm thickness, 7.4 grams

Ayala Museum Collection, Photography by Neal Oshima

 

Ear ornament, Aras-asan, Surigao del Sur

EAR ORNAMENTS
Aras-asan, Surigao del Sur province, Ca. 10th – 13th century, 11.7 x 7.5 cm, 11.5 x 8 cm, 27 g, 27 g

Ayala Museum Collection, Photography by Neal Oshima

 

Ear ornaments, Butuan, Agusan del Norte

EAR ORNAMENTS

Butuan, Agusandel Norte province, Ca. 10th – 13th century, 6.7 x 4.5 x 8 cm, 9 x 3.5 x 8 cm, 54.5 g, 57 g

Ayala Museum Collection, Photography by Neal Oshima

 

From the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas collection

 

.  Repousse Arm Ornaments

Repousse Arm Ornaments Set of 4

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Collection

 

Waist Cord Weights

Waist Cord Weights Set of 2
Ca. 10th –13th Century
Surigao Treasure

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Collection

 

.  Bangle with semi-precious stones  Gold, garnet and glass

Bangle with semi-precious stones Gold, garnet and glass
Ca. 10th –13th century
Surigao Treasure

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Collection

 

.  Waistband Complex loop-in-loop weave with a rounded selvage effect

Waistband Complex loop-in-loop weave with a rounded selvage effect
Ca. 10th – 13th century
Surigao Treasure

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Collection

 

 

 

 

 

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