Philippines

Philippines
Vista de la sala de  Filipinas

On the ground floor of the museum, you will find a selection of the collection which is mostly from the General Exhibition of the Philippine Islands held in Madrid in 1887. The ethnic, historical and cultural complexity of this enormous tropical archipelago, made up of 13 large islands and more than 7000 small ones is reflected in the abundant, varied objects exhibited, belonging to a heterogeneous group of communities, including the Kankanay, Ifugao, Tagalog, Bicol, Visayas, Manobo, Bagobo, etc.

The exhibition is organised around five large thematic areas enabling us to approach this singular country and its rich material culture, representing more than any other the merger of East and West.

The wealth of a tropical archipelago

In this first thematic area, you will be able to find out about the forms of life and traditional forms of subsistence based on fishing, hunting and farming, with special attention to one of its most widespread products: rice. You will be able to find also the importance of maritime and terrestrial transport, as well as the intense trading activity the Philippines have always carried out because of their strategic situation between Asia and the Pacific, especially from the Spanish colonisation on. In this context, particularly important was the fundamental role it played on one of the main trading routes of the time, connecting Asia, America and Europe, through what were called the Manila Galleons, active between 1565 and 1815.

Maqueta con mujer trillando arroz con un juncuy, de Bonifacio Arévalo y Flores. Cultura tagala. Siglo XIX. MNA CE2873. Pulse para ampliar Maqueta con mujer trillando arroz con un juncuy, de Bonifacio Arévalo y Flores. Cultura tagala. Siglo XIX. MNA CE2873.

On the ground floor of the museum, you will find a selection of the collection which is mostly from the General Exhibition of the Philippine Islands held in Madrid in 1887. The ethnic, historical and cultural complexity of this enormous tropical archipelago, made up of 13 large islands and more than 7000 small ones is reflected in the abundant, varied objects exhibited, belonging to a heterogeneous group of communities, including the Kankanay, Ifugao, Tagalog, Bicol, Visayas, Manobo, Bagobo, etc.

The exhibition is organised around five large thematic areas enabling us to approach this singular country and its rich material culture, representing more than any other the merger of East and West.

The wealth of a tropical archipelago

In this first thematic area, you will be able to find out about the forms of life and traditional forms of subsistence based on fishing, hunting and farming, with special attention to one of its most widespread products: rice. You will be able to find also the importance of maritime and terrestrial transport, as well as the intense trading activity the Philippines have always carried out because of their strategic situation between Asia and the Pacific, especially from the Spanish colonisation on. In this context, particularly important was the fundamental role it played on one of the main trading routes of the time, connecting Asia, America and Europe, through what were called the Manila Galleons, active between 1565 and 1815.

Cuchara de madera con mango en forma de figura femenina con niño en brazos. Cultura ifugao. Siglo XIX. MNA CE2075. Pulse para ampliar Cuchara de madera con mango en forma de figura femenina con niño en brazos. Cultura ifugao. Siglo XIX. MNA CE2075.

On the ground floor of the museum, you will find a selection of the collection which is mostly from the General Exhibition of the Philippine Islands held in Madrid in 1887. The ethnic, historical and cultural complexity of this enormous tropical archipelago, made up of 13 large islands and more than 7000 small ones is reflected in the abundant, varied objects exhibited, belonging to a heterogeneous group of communities, including the Kankanay, Ifugao, Tagalog, Bicol, Visayas, Manobo, Bagobo, etc.

The exhibition is organised around five large thematic areas enabling us to approach this singular country and its rich material culture, representing more than any other the merger of East and West.

The wealth of a tropical archipelago

In this first thematic area, you will be able to find out about the forms of life and traditional forms of subsistence based on fishing, hunting and farming, with special attention to one of its most widespread products: rice. You will be able to find also the importance of maritime and terrestrial transport, as well as the intense trading activity the Philippines have always carried out because of their strategic situation between Asia and the Pacific, especially from the Spanish colonisation on. In this context, particularly important was the fundamental role it played on one of the main trading routes of the time, connecting Asia, America and Europe, through what were called the Manila Galleons, active between 1565 and 1815.

Pañuelo (alampay) de tejido de piña. Cultura tagala. Siglo XIX. MNA CE18653. Pulse para ampliar Pañuelo (alampay) de tejido de piña. Cultura tagala. Siglo XIX. MNA CE18653.

On the ground floor of the museum, you will find a selection of the collection which is mostly from the General Exhibition of the Philippine Islands held in Madrid in 1887. The ethnic, historical and cultural complexity of this enormous tropical archipelago, made up of 13 large islands and more than 7000 small ones is reflected in the abundant, varied objects exhibited, belonging to a heterogeneous group of communities, including the Kankanay, Ifugao, Tagalog, Bicol, Visayas, Manobo, Bagobo, etc.

The exhibition is organised around five large thematic areas enabling us to approach this singular country and its rich material culture, representing more than any other the merger of East and West.

The wealth of a tropical archipelago

In this first thematic area, you will be able to find out about the forms of life and traditional forms of subsistence based on fishing, hunting and farming, with special attention to one of its most widespread products: rice. You will be able to find also the importance of maritime and terrestrial transport, as well as the intense trading activity the Philippines have always carried out because of their strategic situation between Asia and the Pacific, especially from the Spanish colonisation on. In this context, particularly important was the fundamental role it played on one of the main trading routes of the time, connecting Asia, America and Europe, through what were called the Manila Galleons, active between 1565 and 1815.

Anito. Cultura kankanay. Siglos XVIII-XIX. MNA CE1971. Pulse para ampliar Anito. Cultura kankanay. Siglos XVIII-XIX. MNA CE1971.

On the ground floor of the museum, you will find a selection of the collection which is mostly from the General Exhibition of the Philippine Islands held in Madrid in 1887. The ethnic, historical and cultural complexity of this enormous tropical archipelago, made up of 13 large islands and more than 7000 small ones is reflected in the abundant, varied objects exhibited, belonging to a heterogeneous group of communities, including the Kankanay, Ifugao, Tagalog, Bicol, Visayas, Manobo, Bagobo, etc.

The exhibition is organised around five large thematic areas enabling us to approach this singular country and its rich material culture, representing more than any other the merger of East and West.

The wealth of a tropical archipelago

In this first thematic area, you will be able to find out about the forms of life and traditional forms of subsistence based on fishing, hunting and farming, with special attention to one of its most widespread products: rice. You will be able to find also the importance of maritime and terrestrial transport, as well as the intense trading activity the Philippines have always carried out because of their strategic situation between Asia and the Pacific, especially from the Spanish colonisation on. In this context, particularly important was the fundamental role it played on one of the main trading routes of the time, connecting Asia, America and Europe, through what were called the Manila Galleons, active between 1565 and 1815.

Tabaquera de bambú con escenas de la vida cotidiana. Cultura pampanga. Siglo XIX. MNA CE2501. Pulse para ampliar Tabaquera de bambú con escenas de la vida cotidiana. Cultura pampanga. Siglo XIX. MNA CE2501.

On the ground floor of the museum, you will find a selection of the collection which is mostly from the General Exhibition of the Philippine Islands held in Madrid in 1887. The ethnic, historical and cultural complexity of this enormous tropical archipelago, made up of 13 large islands and more than 7000 small ones is reflected in the abundant, varied objects exhibited, belonging to a heterogeneous group of communities, including the Kankanay, Ifugao, Tagalog, Bicol, Visayas, Manobo, Bagobo, etc.

The exhibition is organised around five large thematic areas enabling us to approach this singular country and its rich material culture, representing more than any other the merger of East and West.

The wealth of a tropical archipelago

In this first thematic area, you will be able to find out about the forms of life and traditional forms of subsistence based on fishing, hunting and farming, with special attention to one of its most widespread products: rice. You will be able to find also the importance of maritime and terrestrial transport, as well as the intense trading activity the Philippines have always carried out because of their strategic situation between Asia and the Pacific, especially from the Spanish colonisation on. In this context, particularly important was the fundamental role it played on one of the main trading routes of the time, connecting Asia, America and Europe, through what were called the Manila Galleons, active between 1565 and 1815.

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