Heading South along the coast, I stopped off for a day in Lima to visit a couple of the museums and see some more artefacts from the places I’ve been visiting.
First I went to the Larco museum, which is a private museum, expensive to get into but with beautifully set out displays.
I saw lots of ceramics…….
… some textiles……
…. an impressive quipu…..
…. a mummy (this one Paracas-style, the body in the middle in foetal position and lots of cloth wrapping)…..
….. some bling…..
…. some clubs and some trepanned skulls, one showing signs of healing (meaning that the person survived the operation), the other not (meaning that the person didn’t survive the operation, or didn’t survive for long).
One really good thing about the Larco Museum is that you can also see all the stuff they’ve got in storage (mainly ceramics, housed in row after row of glass-fronted cabinets). The outside space was also remarkably pristine….
The Museo de Antropología, Archeología y Historia, in contrast, was a government affair. There was a very good gallery on the Paracas / Nazca cultures at the start, but the money had clearly then run out and it was all downhill from then on.
I did find a few interesting things though, including a pot showing one of those ugly hairless dogs, a rolled up quipu (the first one I’d seen), and a head from a Chachapoyan sarcophagus.