A Millennium of Contact: Chinese and Southeast Asian Trade Ceramics in the Philippines
This display of more than 500 ceramics from the Roberto T. Villanueva collection provides one of the most comprehensive surveys of Chinese and Southeast Asian trade wares found in the Philippines, spanning a thousand years.
Makati City, Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street Greenbelt ParkMap
The exhibition includes almost six hundred fine examples of Chinese and Southeast Asian trade ceramics on long-term loan from the Roberto T. Villanueva Foundation. The show explains why they are important in understanding Philippine history and tells stories of how these ceramics were produced, brought to the islands, and collected. In addition, the exhibition shows how the Roberto T. Villanueva collection parallels the distribution of wares found in the Philippines during the “ceramics rush” of the sixties and seventies: about 70% Chinese, 20-25% Thai, 3-5% Vietnamese, and some Khmer pieces.
The beauty of these trade ceramics are not only a feast for the eyes, but their origins and the periods in which they were produced provide important data about the past. In lieu of written records, the objects on exhibit are evidence of the lively network of trade in technology, ideas, and systems of belief that occurred between China and Southeast Asia, these ancient links continue to reverberate in the lives of peoples in these regions today. Spanning a thousand years, this display of 575 ceramics is one of the most comprehensive surveys of Chinese and Southeast Asian trade wares found in the Philippines.
"A Millennium of Contact" is part of the tripartite exhibition entitled Crossroads of Civilizations permanently presented at the Fourth Floor Galleries of Ayala Museum since 1 May 2008. This section is curated by Rita Tan, a respected scholar in Chinese trade ceramics, and designed by Ormsby Kerrin Freeman (OKF), an internationally renowned design firm based in Sydney, Australia.