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Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon

Ornement mochica en forme d'animal hybride2.jpgA 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.

Urne.jpgVery 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)

 

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