Excerpts from Peru: Museo Larco
By Lance Nichols
Peru: Museo Larco
Entrance to the stately and beautiful Museo Larco in the Pueblo Libre district of Lima.
Our tour of peruvian coffee farms left no leeway for tourist activities, but we did take time before the trip started to visit the Museo Larco, one of two national museums in Lima dedicated to the rich archeological heritage of this ancient country. There we surveyed relics from the brutal and grotesque to the visionary and sublime, including sacrificial vessels, the lustrous, anthropomorphised gold and silver regalia of ancient emperors, relics of war games (where the spoils went to the winner and the loser suffered the indignities of, well, ritualized throat slashing), homage to victory in war (where captive, enemy warriors were hurled from staggering Andean precipices), hundreds of highly individuated ceramic portraits of the Moche people, and some other, more commonplace activities, immortalized in reverence to agriculture and fertility, that are still popular to this day.
Ceremonial rattle with copper blade used to cut the throats of defeated warriors.