All Exhibits: 20

Balaráw: dagger, word, and clues

by Marian Pastor Roces
Two Daggers with Sheath. From the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of New York. Two daggers of stunning beauty, in storage at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, propose one entry into the work of reassembling the the possible…

Warp ikat breadth and depth

by Marian Pastor Roces
Ikat warp blanket. British Museum; Acquired: 1914 Dimensions: 208 cm (including fringes) 124 cm; Materials: woven cotton A textile and a photograph consist this exhibit. Created more or less simultaneously during the turn of the twentieth century,…

Esoteric Texts: An Exercise in Co-producing Knowledge

by Marian Pastor Roces et.al.
A shield and its inscriptions. .British Museum; Acquired: 19th c This round, wooden shield — in the photograph, the inner face is shown, where the wielder's handle is affixed — has a form that appears in late nineteenth and early twentieth…

19th-century Whitework on Piña

by Sandra Castro
"Bertha Collar. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Maxime L. Hermanos, 1961. Accession Number: 2009.300.2000. Made from the finest fibres of the pineapple…

Of Religious Ivory Images, Influences, And Borrowing Of Styles

by Esperanza Bunag Gatbonton
Fig 1. Carved ivory, with traces of colour and gilding. Victoria and Albert Museum The religious ivory images included in this exhibit are impressive for their excellent quality and creative innovation. The accompanying museum data for the objects…

Fashion in Diaspora

by Florina H. Capistrano-Baker
Fig 1 One of seven embroidered blue silk trousers in the collection of the Leiden Museum of Ethnology (Museum Volkenkunde). Accession No. RV-566-43. Incomplete pieces of early sartorial ensembles from Manila and environs–acquired as exotica…

British Country Houses and Philippine Prizes

by Cristina Juan
Photos of the Madonna and the Christ Child in the Cordell Room.The Country Life. July 31, 1937. In the United Kingdom, one of the repositories of early modern objects originating from Manila may be found, not so much in Museums, but in British…

Fu Yabing Dulo, A Living National Treasure

by Marian Pastor Roces
Warp ikat-dyed abaka, a panel generally referred to as tabih amlatu by the Blaan. Tabih is a widely dispersed Austronesian word for cloth that wraps the body; and amlatu is Blaan for one hundred, referring to the number of warp threads involved in…

Tik Techniques and Ethics

by Marian Pastor Roces
Tritik-dyed cloth"Banda para llevar al niño" (cloth for carrying an infant), according to the notes of José Rizal, who collected the piece and donated it in 1888. Ethnological Museum of Berlin. Place of Origin: Mindanao. Acquired: 1888. Materials:…

Grave markers. At sea

by Marian Pastor Roces
Grave marker from the Sulu Islands. Probably 19th or early 20th century. Wood. 119cm high. Fowler Museum at University of California in Los Angeles It is possible, from one point of view, for one kind of burial ground to be the most beautiful on…

Provocative Beauty

by Marian Pastor Roces
Carved ivory bust of St Francis Xavier, Jesuit missionary, on a pedestal. 1630 (circa). British Museum. Francis Xavier had only been deceased 78 years, and had only been canonized as Saint for 18 years, when this bust was created in Manila in 1630.…

Talking heads

by Marian Pastor Roces
Head Dress (Solang-solang). Acquired:1909-1911. Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago) Heads and headgear for men concentrated immense attention, among Philippine peoples in antiquity. How long ago is unknown, but when it stopped is clear. By…

The kampilan speaks to history

by Marian Pastor Roces
Sword (kampilan) made of metal, wood, human hair.. Acquired: 1912. British Museum The chronicler Antonio de Pigafetta may or may not have witnessed the actual death of Fernão de Magalhães on Mactan Island, Central Philippines, 500 years ago…

The raw, in time

by Marian Pastor Roces
El arraigo de las costumbres (The Rootedness of Customs) in which a man carries a small open coffin with the lifeless body of a young child. By Ciriaco Gaudínez y Javier, Around 1887. The Prado MuseumNaif. But in any case sad — less because of the…

Goldsmithing Spirituality and Capital

by Marian Pastor Roces
Rosary, 17th–19th century. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1915. The Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Philippine Spanish colonial rosaries and necklaces interred in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection are perfectly located for thinking…

Choice

by Marian Pastor Roces
Detail of blanket (owës) with designs in raised blue thread -on one side only- © The Field Museum - CC BY-NC, 108887, Catalog No. 108887 InflectionThe verb pilì, “to choose or select”, exists in many of the Philippines’ 170+ languages. The word…

The taxonomic eye

by Marian Pastor Roces
Igorot man (Kalinga?). Watercolour by Ernst Krammann. Ethnological Museum of Berlin. [Part 1] TypesThe watercolors were about people found or met in the place called las islas filipinas. But the image type called tipos del país is best…

Costumes, colleciónes del trajes, costumbres, costumbrista

by Marian Pastor Roces
Moro de Joló and Mora de Jola by Félix Martínez y Lorenzo (ca. 1859 - 1916). Acquired 1887. National Anthropology Museum Madrid The taxonomic eye Part 2In the Philippines, where the tipos del país of previous centuries are collector prizes, the…

On leadership, in the vernacular

by Marian Pastor Roces
Stick broom (walis). Dated 1884. Acquired from Stolpe, Hjalmar (1841 - 1905), who purchased several items from the Tagalog village of Cabcaben in the Mariviles mountains.. Museum of Ethnography Stockholm On exhibit is a bundle of long ribs of the…