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Ancient necklaces: symbols of Peruvian power and wealth from the collection of the Larco Museum

Ancient necklaces: symbols of Peruvian power and wealth from the collection of the Larco Museum
In ancient Peru, stone and shell necklaces played an important role in the lives of community leaders. They emphasized the status and power of their owners, and were also an important part of funeral accessories.

An important feature of Peruvian necklaces is the use of a variety of materials obtained from different regions of the country and even beyond its borders. Among the stones that were used to create these jewelry, black porphyry, blue sodalite, translucent quartz, and chrysocola celeste occupied a special place.
Minerals were delivered from various parts of Peru. But no less important for jewelry were Spondylus Linnaeus, which was mined in the warm waters of Ecuador. They were considered especially valuable and symbolized the connection with the sea and its deities.

The use of such rare and exotic materials was not accidental. These stones were used in jewelry to emphasize the importance of a leader or other authority figure. They were symbols of wealth and sacred status. Possessing jewelry made from rare materials meant control over resources and access to distant trade routes.
Such necklaces played an important role in rituals and ceremonies. They were an integral part of funeral rites, accompanying the leaders on their final journey.
Creating necklaces required high skill and knowledge of the properties of various materials. The masters of ancient Peru skillfully combined stones and shells, creating complex and beautiful compositions. Each element had its own meaning and was carefully selected.
Many of these jewelry are kept in private collections. But there are also those that you can meet in the museum. For example, the Larco Museum is a museum in Peru dedicated to local history, culture and past civilizations. It contains objects from the Inca Empire, as well as the Moche, Nazca and Chimu civilizations.
Source: museolarco.org

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