Washington, D.C.

Peruvian Gold:
Ancient Treasures Unearthed

  • Date
    April 10, 2014 – September 14, 2014
  • Location Washington, D.C.
  • Price Exhibition included in Museum Admission; Adults - $11; Members/Military/Seniors (Over 62)/Students/Groups (25+) - $9; Children (Ages 5-12) - $7; Local School & Youth Groups (18 and Under) – Free

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Image: Peruvian Gold

Photograph by Joaquin Rubio, Museo Larco, Lima, Peru

Photo: El Tocado by Rafael Rioja, Museo Sican

El Tocado, the largest and most ornate pre-Columbian headdress that has ever been discovered.

Photo by Rafael Rioja, Museo Sican – Lima, Peru

Rich natural resources in ancient Peru gave rise to the earliest Andean civilizations. Building on that wealth, skilled artisans crafted extraordinary and beautiful objects, including gold ceremonial and funerary masks, beakers, and jewelry, rivaling anything made by the ancient Egyptians.

Archaeological finds over the past half century have begun to put these magnificent objects in context. Visitors will learn about the latest techniques for excavating tombs and examine how technology is offering new insights into the complex civilizations that existed in ancient Peru. The exhibition will journey through civilizations from 1250 B.C. to A.D. 1450, learning through the ceremonial gold, silver, ceramics, and textiles created by these sophisticated peoples.

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