Canadian University Shows Off Peruvian Art


The University of Toronto Art Centre is doing its best to dispel the notion that winter is a dark and desperate season, with a spectacular display of silver Peruvian exhibits.


The exhibit titled, “Luminescence: The Silver Peru,” includes 150 silver artifacts from devils to angels.  Director of the University Of British Columbia Museum Of Anthropology, Anthony Shelton, explained that the “once-in-a-lifetime event” holds true of the exhibit, which will be on display free until March 9.


He further said: “The people of Peru may never see all this work together in one place at one time, but it’s happening right here. “It’s the first time some of the work has been out of that country. It cuts across a lot of private collections and a lot of work, and cooperation was needed for it all to work.”


The collection which was organized by the Patronato Plata del Peru is free ranging and includes sculptures, jewelry, painting, crowns and masks. The main sponsor is the Pan American Silver Corp.


Main highlights include two very rare 19th century silver dance crowns, a silver 19th century armadillo pomander and three golden headdresses worn by pre-Columbus lords.


The works were selected from private collections and national museums with the intent to “explore the role of silver in Peruvian history and culture.”