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.

FORMATIVE GALLERY 1250 b. C - 1 a. D.

During the Formative period there are diverse cultures located in the coast, they occupy up to the western strip at the mountain range of the Andes. Among these sites we find Cupisnique, Salinar, Vicus, Viru and Paracas in its older phase or “cavernas”.

During this period there is a remarkable advance in ceramic art. Painting and sculpture take in place; there are beautifully naturalistic and symbolic representations; many of them enriched by the use of incise decoration in which the Cupisnique artist get to a high development.