Wari Beauty

November 13th, 2012 Posted in Art, Galleries/Museums/Exhibits, University Circle

You just can’t miss the Cleveland Museum of Art‘s recently opened Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes, a most impressive and sizable exhibition of the Wari people and their culture.

“Urn With Staff Deities” or “The Feasting Urn”

The Wari society existed roughly between the years 600 to 1000 in Peru, largely unknown until the second half of the twentieth century. Because they never developed a written language (although they did develop a system of recording information on a string device called a khipu), what is known about the Wari civilization has been learned through the bounteous objects that they left behind.

Closeup of “Fragment of a Tapestry Tunic”

Elaborately decorated textiles, pottery and religious items are all displayed in the exhibit, with 167 items gathered from all over the world for this first Wari exhibition ever. The Wari produced some of the most finely-woven textiles in the world (almost 200 yarns to the inch) which can be readily seen at the exhibit. 

Curated by Susan E. Bergh (who also wrote the stunning companion book, Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes), you can admire the many items until the January 6, 2013 closing. The exhibition then travels to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Fort Worth, Texas.

“Figure Pendant”


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