|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.|