Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing

A fine assemblage of pure delicacy and luxury, 70 brilliantly colored featherwork items from Pre-Columbian Peru have been united from pubic and private collections – many of the pieces have never been displayed before. Such works are rare because of their extreme fragility.
The majority of the feathers are derived from parrots and macaws of the Amazonian rainforest to the east of the Andes, that were then crafted into ceremonial head dresses, pectorals and personal ornaments for the Nasca and Inka peoples, to name a few.

Vibrant colors and silken textures furnish the stunning, geometric patterns. This exhibition is the first in an American art museum to focus only on these exquisitely delicate works, celibrating and exploring a 2000 year old tradition of sophisticated craftsmanship from such a culturally rich region.

February 26 – September 1, 2008

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