Ayala Museum loans 10th Century Gold Relics to Louvre Abu Dhabi

July 5, 2022

Ayala Museum Team

ABU DHABI, 27 June 2022: Ayala Museum has loaned two museum relics dating back to the 10th to 13th century, to the Louvre Abu Dhabi on June 27, 2022.

In honour of the Louvre Abu Dhabi's 5-year anniversary, the museum unveiled two remarkable loans coming from Ayala Museum. It marks the first time that artifacts from the Philippines will be on display at Louvre Abu Dhabi. The display will be available to the public from 28 June 2022-2023.

(Left-Right) Cup. Philippines, Camarines Sur, Nabua. 900-1200. Gold. Ayala Museum Collection and Funerary mask. Phillipines, Butuan. 900 - 1200. Gold. Ayala Museum Collection

The loans include a Cup (900-1200),recovered from Nabua in the Camarines Sur province in the Philippines, which highlights the striking similarity of Filipino works with the Chinese gold and silverwares acquired by Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2019—allowing for the development of geographical coverage from the topic of precious metal trades in the galleries, including Chinese and Islamic connection as well as South-East Asia.

Additionally, a Funerary mask (900-1200),from the city of Butuan in the Philippines places emphasis on immortality being the universal hope of mankind when faced with death. This artefact is currently showcased alongside other artefacts from the Levant and South America that exemplify this shared tradition.

The two loans represent Louvre Abu Dhabi’s mission of celebrating the universal creativity of mankind—inviting audiences to see humanity in a new light. 

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