Photo Friday: Pre-Columbian (including Erotic) Pottery at Museo Larco

by Chris on June 22, 2012

This week’s Photo Friday theme is Museums. We take a look at Museo Larco in Lima, which has one of the world’s most important collections of pre-Columbian art, including a fair amount of erotic pottery.

This post is part of our weekly travel photo series, inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter.

A piece of pre-Columbian art at Museo Larco in Lima, Peru

This week’s #FriFotos theme is MUSEUMS. I’ve written before about how much I loved my layover in Lima, Peru. During the the brief time that I was there last year. I visited the grave of Pizarro in the city center (Cercado de Lima), ate ceviche at celebrity chef Gaston Acurio’s La Mar and toured the Miraflores waterfront. This was all directly after taking a long flight from San Francisco.

So by the time we reached the Museo Larco, I was exhausted. The last thing I wanted to do was go through a collection of pre-Columbian art, even if it was one of the most important collections in the world. And I must say, at first I did suffer a little museum fatigue. You can’t blame me: The collection, which began as the personal hobby of Rafael Larco Herrera in 1925, contains about 45,000 pieces. There’s thousands of pieces of pre-Columbian pottery catalogued in floor-to-ceiling glass cases. It’s overwhelming.

But wait. Tucked away in a different building from the main museum, there’s a sub-collection of perhaps the most sexually explicit pottery that I’ve ever seen. (Warning: Most of these pictures aren’t safe for work. The blood-thirsty statue above, which shows a man slicing another person’s throat, was the tamest). Most of the pieces date back to 2 A.D. and were used for fertility rituals or as containers for various salves and healing potions. It does make you realize that, as far as intimate relationships go, there’s nothing new under the sun.


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