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Fujian Ware Found in the Philippines

Ayala Museum and Oriental Ceramics Society of the Philippines present

Fujian Ware Found in the Philippines

Song – Yuan Period | 11th – 14th Century

Fujian ware from the Song – Yuan period, 11th – 14th century, exported to the Philippine islands 700 – 900 years ago, are the most telling witnesses of the active participation of the Philippines in the thriving maritime trade in the South China Sea.

Propelled by the free trade policies that spanned the Song (960 -1278) and Yuan (1279-1368) periods, the city-port of Quanzhou in Southern Fujian inevitably became a flourishing entrepôt. When the Jurgen of Jin invaded China’s northern territory, the Song court in Kaifeng in Henan fled down south to Hangzhou in Zhejiang province. The port of Quanzhou in Southern Fujian was catapulted to become the busiest port providing strong stimulus to the ceramic industry in Fujian.

In the Philippines, the variety of found Fujian ware of the period is copiously illustrated in this exhibition of black-ware, green-glazed ware, white ware, and qingbai ware from Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Fujian. Featured in this exhibition are more than 150 pieces on loan from museums and more than 30 private collections.

September 5 – October 1, 2017
Ground Floor Gallery, Ayala Museum
Admission starts at Php 150. Click here to see our admission rates.

by Rita Tan, curator
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Included in museum admission fee on lecture date. Click here to see our admission rates. FREE ADMISSION for Ayala Museum Members!

Rita Ching Tan is the foremost scholar on Chinese trade ware in the Philippines. she received her Master’s degree in Arts and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. An independent researcher in Chinese trade wares ranging from the 10th to 17th centuries, she has organized various exhibitions and published catalogs on different groups of Chinese ceramics found in the Philippines for the Oriental Ceramic Society of the Philippines. She has also presented various papers on Chinese trade wares excavated in the Philippines at international symposia on Chinese ceramics organized by universities in Hong Kong and Singapore as well as museums in Shanghai and Taipei.
She is the curator of the Roberto T. Villanueva Foundation Collection of Chinese and Southeast Asian trade wares currently featured in the exhibition “A Millennium of Contact: Chinese and Southeast Asian Trade Ceramics in the Philippines” at the Ayala Museum.

The exhibition catalogue will be available for sale at the MuseumShop
Can also be ordered directly from Oriental Ceramics Society of the Philippines

For inquiries:
CALL: 759 82 88

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