Exhibit at University of Toronto traces history of silver in Peruvian culture
TORONTO - An exhibition of silver artifacts from Peru spanning over 2,000 years of history will be on display at the University of Toronto Art Centre from Jan. 15 to March 9.
The 140 objects are drawn from four periods of the country's history — pre-Columbian, colonial, republican and contemporary — and include sculptures, jewelry, paintings, crowns and masks. Many of the artifacts are Peruvian national treasures, the centre says.
"Luminescence: The Silver of Peru" was curated by Anthony Shelton, director of the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology, where the exhibition appeared from October to December 2012.
Assembled from private and museum collections as well as the Lima-based Patronato Plata del Peru, it's the largest collection of its kind ever seen in Canada, according to the U of T centre.