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Pot heads and more

I don’t think there is another country in the world that can beat Peru when it comes to the brilliance, exquisite design, and sheer quality and creativity of its ceramics. The ancient cultures here somehow found a way to set a standard that defies belief. Every time we visit Peru (and that’s three times now) we are left wondering why more people don’t talk about this amazing work.

And it’s not the Inkas that were the best at it. Moche culture, long before the Inkas, were the true masters, although other cultures also had wonderful ceramics. Each pot seems to have a personality, a human touch that is utterly charming.

And simple bowls and jugs become works of art, with fins, faces, feathers and fanciful shapes added on to the mere functionality of each pot. Truly amazing, and endless in variations. Of course, we took endless numbers of photos as well. But we think they are worth it. It you’re interested, at the bottom of this post there’s a link to all of our photos from our trip--including tons of wonderful pot shots. .

You’ll also find photos of the textiles, some of them a thousand years old or more, that are among the greatest treasures of the ancient world. Hand spun and hand woven material with intricate designs and 300 threads per square inch–comparable to the finest cloth available today. The designs are wild and vibrant, and the pieces range in size from roughly a postage stamp to a full bedsheet.

Some decorated with feathers, others brilliantly colored with natural dyes. Again, we are continually amazed by this stuff. The best items we saw on this trip were in the Amano Museum in Lima–which barely rates a mention in most of the guides to the city. What a shame more people don’t get to see these.

Here's the link to the photos;

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