Thursday, January 12, 2017

Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures

El Tocado, the largest and most ornate pre-Columbian headdress ever found
Rich natural resources in ancient Peru gave rise to the earliest Andean civilizations. Building on that wealth, skilled artisans crafted extraordinary objects, including gold ceremonial and funerary masks, beakers, and jewelry, rivaling anything made by the ancient Egyptians.

The items were on display at the Irving Arts Center in Irving, Texas. This was the last stop for the exhibition before the artifacts returned to their native country. National Geographic Museum in Washington DC is featuring ancient Peruvian Gold.

The exhibition journeyed through civilizations from 1250 B.C. to A.D. 1450, through the ceremonial gold, silver, ceramics, and textiles created by these sophisticated peoples.