Saturday, January 26, 2013

Friday afternoon, Jan 25th, Lima, Peru

Today, we almost made it to two good museums.  We actually did get to two museums, but one of them sucked.   Don’t believe a word of what is written on page 61 of the Footprint Handbook on Peru, Bolivia &Ecuador, by Ben Box, and Robert and Daisy Kunstaetter.  The Museo de la Nacion is a large waste of time (and I’d say money if it wasn’t free).  I hope someone got the number of the truck that packed up all of its collection and left.
We did get to see a great parade out in front.  Very well done dance numbers and costumes.

Across town, the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Argueologia, and Historia is spectacular.  A little hard to find, but once you’re there, you never want to leave.  I thought I understood the span of design in this region’s pottery.  But from 2628 BC to 1500 A.D., groups of coastal and highland potters created almost every known vessel – decorated with every animal and scene.  A not just carved into the side of the pot.  They integrated the animal or object into the pottery. And the technique survived over two thousand years.
That’s amazing.  Most pottery schools last a couple hundred years, about the lives of most civilizations.  But one can’t help but admire the quality and consistency of the pottery on display at the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Argueologia, and Historia in Lima Peru.   

To see all of the photos taken today, click on Lima Museums


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