7 Sep 2013

Peruvian art on display in Canberra this summer

10:22 am on 7 September 2013

The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra is to host an exhibition of Peruvian art over summer.

Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru will showcase more than 200 works, including intricate jewellery, elaborate embroidered and woven cloths, ceramic sculptures and gold items created to decorate the nobility in life and death.

NGA director Ron Radford said the exhibition will reveal the splendour of the ancient cultures of Peru, giving audiences the drama and beauty of the Incan empire and its predecessors.

The ABC reports the items have been sourced from 10 museums, including the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History in Peru.

"Five (museums) are in Lima the capital, and five are provincial archaeological museums," said senior curator Christine Dixon.

"We're thrilled to host some of the greatest works of art ever produced in ancient Peru.''

The exhibition will run from 6 December - 21 April.