The works of art displayed at the MAP, encompass a period of time dating from 1250 B.C. until 1532 A.D. All these were selected from among the collection of almost 45,000 pieces stored in the Larco Archaeological Museum in Lima. This excellent selection of samples combined with explanatory and descriptive texts in Spanish, English and french, allows visitors to adequately situate themselves within the artistic context of Ancient Peru.


Because it is found in its natural state and is part of our surroundings early man interest was concentrated on wood because they found it as an easy resource for all his activities.

Far from limiting the use of wood only for utilitarian applications, men of pre-Columbian Peru gave it an aesthetic sense and applied it to designs and sculptoric traditions, obtaining finished and remarkable objects.

Some of the pieces exhibited are extraordinary exponents of the plastic capacity of ancient artists, and show both the implacable passage of time and the fragility of wood as raw material. However, a high concept of loveliness that man imprints to natural elements, enriches them and then in turn wood cooperates in the creative work for the divinity.