This is the last literary event for 2013 of our Bookshop. Co-sponsored by the Silver Lake Library, it is part of our continuing outreach program to make the Filipino presence in the community more visible, as well as to share with mainstream America the rich cultural background of Filipinos. If you will be unable to attend, we accept orders for autographed copies of this collector’s book. Call 310-514-9139 or email us : email@example.com
Event is free and open to the public. Seats are limited.
Street parking is available. RSVP by phone or email or reply to EVENTS in facebook.
|Those who want to donate to Typhoon Yolanda Relief may bring canned goods which we will donate to the Historic Filipino Rotary Club who will ship them to the Philippines.|
Publisher: Ayala Foundation and National University of Singapore Press (NUS). 2011. 300 pages.
ISBN 978-971-8551-72-1 HARDCOVER
ISBN 978-971-8551-74-5 SOFTCOVER
Winner of the 31st Philippine National Book Awards for Design
Philippine Ancestral Gold features more than 1,000 gold objects that were recovered in the Philippines from the 1960s to 1981 and now form part of the collection of the Ayala Museum in Manila. Many of these treasures were found in association with tenth-to-twelfth century Chinese export ceramics, and formal similarities with objects from other Southeast Asian cultures affirm regional affinities and inter-island trade networks that flourished in the region before there was regular contact with the Western world. Adornments of elite individuals and the deities they adorned include a spectacular array of golden sashes, necklaces, pectorals, diadems, earrings, finger rings, and arm and leg ornaments. Over 400 full-color photographs are included in the book which you will enjoy immensely.
“This important book provides a great deal of material that is almost unknown generally outside of the Philippines. Scholars working on many other topics will find it invaluable, especially those tracing the various maritime trade networks that operated throughout the greater Indian Ocean system.”
-Emma C. Bunker, Asian Art Department, Denver Art Museum.
“The authors are among the world’s most experienced specialists on this subject, and the line of vision from the Philippines and other parts of island Southeast Asia to the mainland is novel and most inspiring.”
-Andreas Reinecke, Commission for Archaeology of Non-European Cultures
of the German Archaeological Institute.
“All collections are valuable in different ways. The monetary worth of this one is incalculable. But its deeper value can be assayed only in consideration of its historical and academic significance and the self-knowledge and pride it gives to Filipinos.”
-Florina H. Capistrano-Baker
“…what distinguishes the Philippines goldworking tradition is that it displays a level sophistication only matched by the kingdoms of Java.”
“The Ayala Museum’s Gold Collection is perhaps the country’s greatest tangible cultural asset and can stand comparison with any other assemblage of gold artifacts in the world.”