New Yorker Calls Philippine Gold 'Fantastic'


Work No. 2015.02.02.81 Earrings with 12 floriated spangles (kayong kayong) Attributed to Bohol Gold 4 7/8 in. (12.45 cm) length; 4 15/16 in. (12.6 cm) length 11.8 grams; 11.9 grams Ayala Museum Collection 71.4042ab. 

Philippine Gold
Asia Society Museum’s exhibition Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms, which runs from September 11, 2015, to January 3, 2016, in New York, features recently discovered gold artifacts from little known Philippine cultures that flourished between the 10th and 13th centuries. Learn more

The positive reviews for Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms, Asia Society's dazzling new exhibition, continue in this week's New Yorker, where a profile in the magazine's "Talk of the Town" section praised it as "fantastic." The review comes one week after The New York Times referred to the exhibition as "gorgeous" and "historically intriguing." Philippine Gold reveals the East Asian archipelago's rich tradition in golden objects, spanning an era that predates the arrival of European colonialism. From The New Yorker: "The early Philippine people, or at least those at society’s upper echelons, remained opulent all the way to the grave, judging by several gold funerary masks, including one whose top edge is cunningly slit and perforated into an improvised crown."

Philippine Gold will be on display at Asia Society's New York museum through January 3, 2016. Read the full New Yorker review here.