Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Chavín at the Museum Rietberg

On view at Zürich's Museum Rietberg until March 10 is Chavín, an exhibition exploring one of South America's most ancient known cultural centers. In the narrow valley of Callejón de Conchucos, behind the snow-covered mountains of the Cordillera Blanca in the Peruvian highlands, lie the ruins of the ceremonial complex of Chavín de Huántar. Erected at least 2,500 years before the Inca, the monumental temple would have involved vast expenditure and enormous labour. This exhibition features an array of marvelous Peruvian works excavated from the theatrically conceived ceremonial center, and unveils the worldview and system of meaning it sough to embody.

Mortar for the preparation of psychoactive substances  -  900–550 BC
Stirrup-spout vessel depicting a transformation  -  1200–500 BC
Anthropomorphic head  -  900–550 BC
Mouth mask of a priest  -  800–550 BC

Information and images courtesy of the Museum Rietberg

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