Monday, 14 January 2013

Larco Museum

Last night we decided to take advantage of the air conditioning in a local cinema, and went to see a movie...Jack Reacher...the latest Tom Cruise extravaganza.  The movie was lacking in substance, but it was  fun to go and spend the evening with the locals...and trying to glean what we could of the language from the Spanish sub-titles.
Today, Monday, we spent a wonderful morning at the Larco Museum.  This private collection is dedicated to pre-Colombian artifacts (with some post Colombian artifacts from the Inca era).  It was fascinating to learn that the Inca civilization was fairly short lived in comparison to some of those which predated it. 
More than 45,000 artifacts are on display, some in the main exhibition hall and some in a second "storage" area. 
The artifacts are incredible, from beautiful pristine pottery to lovely gold and silver jewelry which was used during sacred celebrations, including human sacrifices.  I would be remiss if I did not mention the "erotica" section of the museum, which houses pottery devoted to the act of was two rooms of surprisingly accurate depictions...proving that some things just never change.
We saw cloth which was 3,000 years old...absolutely well as pottery just as old...
The setting was fantastic, an old estate home (hacienda del Larco) with spectacular gardens of beautiful flowers.
The afternoon was spent in various mundane shopping, having a meal,  and dealing with some other purchases. 

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