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.


The goldsmiths work has always been related to cult, for the use of superior beings and dignitaries. The silver tradition is very old in Peru and its origin goes back to 1500 b. C., date assigned to the finding in Waywaka in Apurímac, in the highest zone of the mountain range of the Andes.
The importance of silver is so great that it used to be considered like the white gold of America, had from old a great symbolic value and it was associated to the feminine elements of nature.