In early December I went to an exhibition at the British Museum called: Peru: a journey in time. Through pottery, ceramics and textiles it showed the development of ancient civilisations from Central Andean cultures. Without the written word these items tell us much about the customs and rituals of those times. I visited Peru in 2009, so I was particularly interested in seeing this fascinating insight into civilisations I had no idea existed. I have tried to include descriptions and related information from the Museum display.
Saturday, 8 January 2022
Peru: a journey in time.
Funerary mask. Copper and shell, Moche, AD 100-800
Tasselled band with feather motifs: Cotton with llama/alpaca wool, Chimu AD900-1470
Yucca vessel, moulded and painted pottery. Moche, AD100-800
Deity holding maize, painted pottery, Mocha AD 100-800
Bird, moulded, painted pottery, Moche 200 BC - AD 500
Ear plates with feline features. Gold alloy, semi precious stones, shell and mother of pearl. 800-550 BC
Man and woman having sex. Painted pottery, Nasca 100 BC - AD 650
Shell with a woman's face, Nasca 100 BC - AD 650
Ceremonial drum painted with mythical scenes.
Figure holding a severed head.
Vessel depicting a figure holding a lime container. Moche AD 200-600
Lime container and dipper. Gourd, leather and wood. Central coast 1400-1532.
In 1821 Peru gained independence from Spain. Today the country reflects a combination of cultures, religions and transformations. Despite centuries of colonial repression and Western influence, many Central Andean beliefs and practices live on. I hope you enjoyed seeing this exhibition through my eyes.