The city of Irving in Texas, United States, is currently hosting the magnificent travelling exhibition “Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed,” that features Peru’s pre-Inca masterpieces.
The opening ceremony, held on 2 October, was chaired by the Peruvian Ambassador to the United States Harold Forsyth, who expressed his satisfaction and appreciation to the National Geographic Society and the Irving Arts Center for the organization.
The diplomat highlighted that the long-standing relationship between the National Geographic and Peru has helped the world recognize the respect for the diversity of our cultural heritage.
He went on to add that this is the first time in decades that an exhibit of Peruvian archaeological treasures is shown in the United States.
“Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed”, that runs until December 31, includes a remarkable collection of ancient gold and silver artifacts excavated from Peru’s legendary royal tombs.
It is presented in partnership with the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. and showcases extraordinary objects from Peru’s pre-Inca heritage, including gold ceremonial and funerary masks, textiles, ceremonial ornaments, ceramics and jewelry.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is El Tocado, the largest and most ornate pre-Columbian headdress ever discovered. The extraordinary gold headdress dates from the Middle Sican period (A.D. 900-1100).
In addition, the display is complemented by a full schedule of free events, including a series of films, lectures, hands-on art sessions, tours and gallery talks.
Guest curated by National Geographic’s Archaeology Fellow Dr. Fredrik Hiebert, “Peruvian Gold” features iconic artifacts on loan from three Peruvian institutions: Sican National Museum, Larco Museum and Museum of the Central Reserve Bank of Peru.
It should be noted Irving is the only location outside of Washington D.C. to host Peruvian Gold.