Wonderful museum in Lima, showcasing the artistic highlights of the entire Precolombian history of Peru
The Larco Museum is a private museum established in 1926, by Rafael Larco Hoyle. Larco started with a small collection he received from his father, and continued with purchasing further private collections of illegally acquired artefacts, of the sort dreaded by present-day archaeologists. Apparently, it includes some 50,000 ceramic pots collected privately by a former Peruvian vice president, a room-full of over 2000 year old Paracas weavings, and a fabulous collection of funerary ornaments and headdresses. The entire Pre-Colombian Peruvian history is represented, and arranged thematically, which makes for an interesting and educational experience. There is a separate room with erotic pottery, demonstrating that not all pieces are necessarily of a high artistic standard – although eroticism was nothing strange for the ancient Peruvian societies.
Wonderful museum, with far too many pieces to show here, so these are just a few of my private favourites.