Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas

Museum Exhibits
Feb 28, 2018
 to May 28, 2018 Official Site


Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas traces the development of goldworking and other luxury arts from Peru in the south to Mexico in the north from around 1000 B.C. to the arrival of Europeans in the early 16th century. Emphasizing specific places and moments of extraordinary artistic achievement, as well as the exchange of materials and aesthetic ideas across time and place, the exhibition will present a new understanding of ancient American art and culture—one based on indigenous ideas of value—and cast new light on the brilliance of ancient American artists and their legacy. The exhibition will feature spectacular works of art from recent archaeological excavations—crowns, pectorals, pendants, necklaces, ear and nose ornaments, rings, labrets, masks, mantles, goblets, vases, stelas, bells, mirrors, painted books, and more—that have rarely, if ever, left their country of origin.

Image: Octopus Frontlet, A.D. 300–600. Moche; Peru, La Mina. Gold, chrysocolla, shells, 11 x 17 in. (27.9 x 43.1 cm). Museo de la Nación, MN–14602, Ministerio de Cultura del Perú, Lima



Author: Metropolitan Museum of Art

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