-Once,There was an exhibition named-The Philippines: Archipelago of Exchange which exhibited some artworks that tell a miniature of Philippine`s civilization
Some 310 works of art from pre-colonial Philippines, selected from public and private collections – Filipino, American and European – are now on show at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris, France.
Divided into two sections, the exhibition explores the traditional artworks from the mountainous northern highlands region, examining deities, wealth, magic, poetry and warriors, as well as artworks inspired by the prominent shipping trade on the southern coasts and islands, with influences originating from India, Indonesia, Arabia and China.
Kalinga warrior with his axe and feathers. His chest is tattooed to signal his courage
Royal belt, Northeastern Mindanao, Surigao del Sur Province, 13th century © Neal Oshima photo
Armor and hat, late 19th century © Musée du quai Branly, photo Claude Germain
Jacket and trousers, 20th century,This outfit would have been worn by the Bagobo, the first ethnic group in Mindanao (the second largest island of the Philippines) encountered by the Spaniards at the end of the 19th century
Sandstone funeral jar, Marinduque, Asia, 15th–16th century © Musée du quai Branly, photo Claude Germain
Solid gold, lamp-shaped 'kinnari' (half woman, half bird) © Neal Oshima photo
'Back from the gathering, women and children return to their home', Palawan © Pierre de Vallombreuse
Iron and gold royal sword, 10th–13th century, northeastern Mindanao, Butuan © Musée du quai Branly, photo Neal Oshima
Kalinga warrior © Museum für Volkerkunde Vienna