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The Amazing New Adventures of Larry and Mark - Peru, Land of the Incas
Chapter 52 A
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.
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