Art: February 2013 Archives
Saturday February 2, 2013
A new exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts transports visitors back 3000 years, to the ancient civilizations of Peru.
The exhibit Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon features a staggering amount of priceless material - gold, silver, turquoise, rare pottery, textiles, even perfectly preserved feathers.
Thera re more than 370 items - and a third of them have never been displayed outside Peru. Most pre-date the Incas and Spanish contact of the 1500's.
Very little was known about these peoples - the Mochica, the Chimù, the Lambayeque - until a wave of archaeological exploration in Peru in the 1900's, sparked by the outside world's discovery of the Incan wonder: Machu Picchu.
The Museum's chief curator Nathalie Bondil says the exhibit is designed to show the impact that re-discovering these civilizations has had on the modern Peruvian sense of identity.
She took Ainslie MacLellan on a brief tour of this massive exhibit.
(Photos courtesy of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts)