The Inca gold in the Russian Ethnographic Museum

19.04.2019

The Inca gold in the Russian Ethnographic Museum

The exhibition “Gold of the Inca Empire: God. Power. Eternity. 2000 years of great civilization” is devoted to the history of the development of this country over 2000 years until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. For the first time in St. Petersburg, residents and guests of the city can get acquainted with the unique works of jewelry and ceramics of pre-Columbian civilizations of Peru and Bolivia, which have developed in isolation from the Old World for over 5000 years.

The exhibition is held at Russian Ethnographic Museum from March 27 to August 1, 2019. 

All 86 exhibits: gold, silver, copper jewelry and utensils, figured vessels and ritual knives of Tumi come from the collection of the Gold Museum of Peru, located in Lima, the capital of the country, and created by prominent Peruvian philanthropist Miguel Mujica Gallio. The main part of the exhibits are gold and silver products created by carriers of archaeological cultures of the coast of Peru and the mountain valleys of the Andes: Vicus Frias, Moche, Nazca, Huari, Tiwanaku, Lambayeque, Chiribaya, Chimu and the Incas actually.

The oldest artifacts on display at the exhibition date back to the 200s. BC, and the latest — to the XV century AD. Among them are monuments of exceptional historical value, such as a silver figure vessel in the form of a llama's head, one of the few objects of the Ink jewelry art itself or the golden pectoral of Chiribaya culture, accidentally found by grave robbers on the southern coast of Peru in the province of Arequipa.

The exhibits on display at the exhibition are closely related to the burial cults of the ancient inhabitants of Peru and Bolivia. They reflect their perception of the surrounding world, as well as ideas about the afterlife and the role of deified ancestors in the welfare of society.

The exhibits are complemented by a colorful visual series created on the basis of illustrations to the composition of the Indian historian Felipe Huaman Poma de Ayyala's “The First New Chronicle and Good Government”, as well as a film about the history and geography of Peru.

A ticket is required to visit the exhibition, attendance is not included in St. Petersburg Card price. Tickets cost 600 RUB. More at the museum's site.

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