What is fake and what is real?

Posted: September 9, 2011 in Events
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Reaching out from the past: Gloves from the Sican Culture, (750-1375 e.Kr.)

There is so much fake around us. Fake reality shows. Fake boobs. Simulated excitement. Objects that are real with a material, spiritual or historical weight have a special resonance in the popular imagination. That must be why over 11,000 people have already pre-booked tickets to a Stockholm exhibit called “Inca- Gold Treasures in the Skeppsholmen Caverns.”
A total of 285 ancient artifacts have been assembled from fifteen leading museums in Peru. Ceremonial masks, nose-rings, textiles, sculptures and ceramics from the Incan Empire are on display in the underground chambers. Much of the collection is made of gold, with a unique decorative iconography which tells the story of a major civilization.
On Thursday morning I took a press tour of the exhibit. Wow! It isn’t everyday one can see gold and silver treasures from a highly developed South American culture which existed long before Columbus got lost and ended up in America
The exhibit opens September 10 and will continue until February 12, 2012.

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