• The announcement comes as part of the museum’s 5-year anniversary celebrations
  • The loans will be on display from 28 June 2022 – June 2023

ABU DHABI, 29 June 2022: In honour of the museum’s 5-year anniversary, Louvre Abu Dhabi unveiled today two remarkable loans coming from Ayala Museum, Philippines. For the first time ever, artefacts from the Philippines will be on display at Louvre Abu Dhabi and will be available to the public from 28 June 2022- June 2023.

The loans include a Cup (900-1200),recovered from Nabua in the Camarines Surprovince in the Philippines,which highlights the striking similarity of Filipino works with the Chinese gold and silverwares acquired by Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2019—allowing for the development of geographical coverage from the topic of precious metal trades in the galleries, including Chinese and Islamic connection as well as South-East Asia.

Additionally, a Funerary mask (900-1200),from the city of Butuan in the Philippines places emphasis on immortality being the universal hope of mankind when faced with death. This artefact is currently showcased alongside other artefacts from the Levant and South America that exemplify this shared tradition.

The two loans represent Louvre Abu Dhabi’s mission of celebrating the universal creativity of mankind—inviting audiences to see humanity in a new light.