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The Amazing New Adventures of Larry and Mark - Peru, Land of the Incas

Chapter 52 A

 Pre-Columbian Art


We went to two archeological museums on the last day in Cusco.

The first was the Museum of Precolombian Art



Very little of Inca and earlier times in museums has come from disciplined

archeology studies in the field.  For generations - for centuries - artifacts

from Inca and earlier times have been robbed from grave and ancient

building sites, and the items, if recovered from grave robbers have in most

cases lost their location and their period information.  So many of the pieces

now in museums have been tentatively identified by guesswork.  Very rarely

has an undisturbed archeological site been found, to yield its secrets.


Breastplate ?INCA between 100-800AD



These war clubs do not look friendly at all.  But imagine that is all you have

against Spaniards mounted on four-legged huge animals (horses) that you

have never seen before, and they carry steel swords?



More friendly-looking club heads.  It is not likely that these were

pure gold (too soft) but alloyed with copper.



CHIMU IMPERIAL  PERIOD  gold cups 1300-1532 metal plate and welded.

Gold was valued for its beauty and workability.  It was the Spanish

 Conquistadores who considered gold's monetary value and countless

pieces of beautiful goldwork were melted down to bullion.



Nose ornaments CHIMU



Sculpture CHIMU PERIOD 1300-1532



Representation of trophy heads ?NAZCA PERIOD 1-800AD



 Pictures of mythological beings NAZCA Period 1-800.  Iconography  stands out with crowded designs which may cover entire object.  I love the right

jug and I have a copy of that photo in my office.


Tannin brown MOCHICA sculpture bottle drum could look not out of

place on any modern table. 100 to 700 AD



MOCHICA 100 to 700 AD along with coast of Peru great sculptors and ceramists with vivid representations of emotions, flora and fauna.



MOCHICA Cactus 100 to 700 AD



HUARI LLAMA (700-1000AD)



Mortar carved from single block of granite Inca Imperial Period,

dating from 1400 to 1532  



We shall move on to another museum now.


Larry Reich


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Laurence Reich



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