The Philippine archipelago is composed of over 7,000 islands spread over 1,200 miles, from the Northern Isles, such as Luzon and Batanes, closer to Taiwan, to the southern isles, such as Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan, near Indonesia. Over the course of its settlement, its geographical position has created a great variety of powerful artistic expressions. The works here are presented according to two themes--the Sea and the Land. The first focuses on the islands' ports, demonstrating the cultural vitality of these trading points, in particular their impact on local goldsmithery. The section dedicated to the Land reveals the Austronesian influences of the mountain dwellers on Luzon and Mindanao, who escaped much of the impact of Spanish colonization. This publication provides a comprehensive representation of the art of the Philippines in all its diversity, from sculpture, metalwork, textiles and weaponry to music and epic poetry.