Monday, 26 June 2017

‘Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas’

It was a world where feathers were more valuable than gold. Fifteen hundred years ago, Peru’s Nasca culture knotted thousands of imported tropical feathers to strings, layering them thickly to create a garment of great power. The rarest feathers, including the iridescent green feathers of the quetzal, were reserved for the Aztec emperor himself.

The unprecedented exhibition features more than 300 works from 53 lenders in 12 countries.
The MET exhibition follows a specific historical and geographical path. It traces the development of gold-working in the Americas from its origins around 1000 BC in the Andes, to its expansion northward into Central America, and finally to Mexico, where gold-working comes into its own only after 1000 AD.
Jade plaque showing a seated king and palace attendant, 600–800 AD
‘Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas’ is at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, from 16 September–28 January 2018.