“A Golden Heritage”, journey into the jewelry of Peru

27 April 2022

The nose ornaments in the exhibition "Machu Picchu and the treasures of Peru"

The nose ornaments in this exhibition are nothing short of sumptuous! Whether with pendants, crab-shaped, bimetal, rounded, hammered, these decorations either stand alone or form part of majestic ensembles. They’re sometimes so big that they mask almost the entire face! “These were important jewels in pre-Inca cultures. In 2006 , they discovered 42 of them in the tomb of the Lady of Cao*, sovereign of the Moche civilization. But until now, they haven’t been the subject of any scientific study,” says Carole Fraresso, the exhibition’s curator. Dating back several millennia BC, these nose ornaments herald the ultra-contemporary fashion for face jewelry.

 

*Discover this tomb during the trip to Peru organized with Carole Fraresso and TFJP, next October.

 

The nose ornaments in this exhibition are nothing short of sumptuous! Whether with pendants, crab-shaped, bimetal, rounded, hammered, these decorations either stand...

"A Golden Heritage", journey into the jewelry of Peru

Lima, Lambayeque, Cusco… The 15-day trip in the company of Carole Fraresso and the other participants takes you to museums filled with sumptuous collections of headdresses, breastplates, helmets, nose jewels that survived the looting of the royal tombs of the lord of Sipan or the lady of Cao, the Peruvian Tutankhamun…

Lima, Lambayeque, Cusco... The 15-day trip in the company of Carole Fraresso and the other participants takes you to museums filled with sumptuous collections of...

23 March 2022

"Machu Picchu and the treasures of Peru”: a major exhibition at the Cité de l'Architecture

In my favorite room, the “room of the ancestors”, the impressive jewels I had the chance to see at the Larco Museum, a few years ago.

In my favorite room, the "room of the ancestors", the impressive jewels I had the chance to see at the Larco Museum, a few years ago.

Chimu creoles, Motché

This spectacular pair of XXL creoles in recycled gold or silver by Motché is a replica of a precolombian Chimu piece dating from 1000 – 1470 A.D.

This spectacular pair of XXL creoles in recycled gold or silver by Motché is a replica of a precolombian Chimu piece dating from 1000 - 1470 A.D.

Chavin creoles, Motché

These Motché Paris-Lima earrings in recycled gold are inspired by elements of the precolombian Viru culture (300 BC – 300 AD).

These Motché Paris-Lima earrings in recycled gold are inspired by elements of the precolombian Viru culture (300 BC - 300 AD).

04 July 2017

Carole Fraresso, archeo-metallurgist

Scientific curator of the “Incas – Gold. Power. God.” exhibition, Carole Fraresso also designs the “Motché” jewelry inspired by pre-Columbian ornamentation.

Scientific curator of the "Incas - Gold. Power. God." exhibition, Carole Fraresso also designs the “Motché” jewelry inspired by pre-Columbian ornamentation.

30 January 2017

Pre-Inca treasures

For all lovers of pre-Columbian culture be sure not to miss the specialist on the subject, Carole Fraresso’s next talk. This French expert in pre-Columbian art will take us through the worlds of the Chavin, Vicus and Mochica goldsmiths, all of whom were considered as the “jewelers of the gods”, as exemplified by the extraordinary funerary ornaments at the Larco Museum in Lima.

February 4th at 10:30 am at the Maison des Amériques Latines, Paris.

For all lovers of pre-Columbian culture be sure not to miss the specialist on the subject, Carole Fraresso’s next talk. This French expert in pre-Columbian art will...

04 December 2015

Mochica jewelry at the Larco Museum

Founded in 1926, the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum has an outstanding permanent collection of ceremonial objects. Funeral ornamental dress, religious emblems and prestige are all gathered in the Gold and Jewellery gallery.

Founded in 1926, the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum has an outstanding permanent collection of ceremonial objects. Funeral ornamental dress, religious emblems and...
  • Chimu nobility silver adornments - 1100–1470 A.C. © Larco Museum, Lima-Peru

  • Chimu nose ornement - 1100–1470 A.C. © Larco Museum, Lima-Peru

  • Bimetallic nose ornament in gold and silver, Moche Culture - 100 CE – 800 CE © Larco Museum, Lima-Peru

  • Gold nose ornament representing a crab, Moche culture - 100-800 CE. © Larco Museum, Lima-Peru

  • Nose ornament representing a man with rope, gold and turquoise, Moche culture - 100 - 800 CE © Larco Museum, Lima-Peru

  • Mochica nose adornment - 100-800 A.D. © Larco Museum, Lima-Peru

  • Mochica nose adornment - 100-800 A.D. © Larco Museum, Lima-Peru

  • Chimu nose ornement - 1100–1470 A.C. © Larco Museum, Lima-Peru

  • Mochica gold bangles - 100-800 A.D. © Larco Museum

  • Mochica necklace made of gold frogs - 100-800 A.D. © Larco Museum

  • Vicús diadems made of gold plated copper - 200 B.C.-200 A.D. © Larco Museum

  • Mochica gold earrings, depicting the bird-warrior - 100-800 A.D. © Larco Museum

  • Chimú gold funeral ornamental dress - 1200-1470 A.D. © Larco Museum

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