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Pre-Columbian Peru

From the land of the Incas

The collections, which are dedicated to digs and research carried out at the end of the last century in pre-Columbian necropolises in Peru, make it possible to connect the material’s ethnological nature with its archaeological one, thanks largely to the pottery and the rich textile evidence. The latter in particular offer an eloquent record of the mastery achieved by the Andean populations, who by using cotton and wool from alpacas or llamas, produced garments that characterized social status, membership in a particular ethnic group and the most important milestones in life: puberty, marriage and death.