"Your Guide to the Inca Empire"
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Inca Artifacts
The Inca way of life

Inca Artifacts
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Inca Artifacts were made of gold and other precious metals. The Inca Empire was large and successful, stretching along the western part of South America, down the Andes mountains. The Inca people were skilled craftsmen, they made jewelry, masks, pottery, tapestries, musical instruments, baskets, and other crafts.



This artifacts have been found by archaeologists and tell us many things that we know about the Incas way of life.

The Inca empire had an economy based on exchange and taxation of luxury goods and labour, and there were many languages, cultures and peoples involved. They started as a tribe in the Cusco area around the 12th century.

Inca Pottery

The Inca artifacts were beautiful objects made of gold, silver, copper and bronze, the Inca pottery style was inspired mainly from Chimú art. They usually decorated their pottery with bright colors of red, yellow, orange and black.

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Gold was reserved for the highest class of Inca society, you know, priests, lords and the Sapa Inca or emperor. The Inca pottery industry was based in the Cuzco area.

Inca Textiles

Inca weaving was one of the greatest textile arts the world has ever seen, They used cotton and the soft wool of the alpaca but they also used the extremely fine wool of the vicuna, the smallest American camel.

Inca Artifacts
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The finest textiles were made in the convents connected with the Temples of the Sun, by the chosen women, called the Virgins of the Sun, who were trained in this difficult art.

Inca Jewelry

The wearing of jewellery was not uniform throughout the empire. Chimú artisans, for example, continued to wear earrings after their integration into the empire, but in many other regions, only local leaders wore them.

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Inca Instruments

Most South American percussion and wind instruments date back to Inca or pre-Inca times, stringed instruments were initially introduced by the Spanish, though later they may have been adapted to local conditions or materials.
Inca Artifacts

Inca Weapons

The Incas had wars with other civilizations in the area, the inca army was the most powerful at the time. The used helmets, shields, two-handed wooden swords with serrated edges and bronze or bone-tipped spears among other stuff.

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There are many nice museums throughout Peru, specially in Lima where you can witness some of the most impressive inca artifacts. If you are visiting this amazing country, chances are that you will spend at least 1 or 2 days in Lima so do not miss the Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera. It is here that you will find the largest, private pre-Columbian art collection in the world.

The Museo de la Nación is one of the best museums in Peru for learning about the country’s ancient empires, another "must do" visit.


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Related Info

Inca Art
Most of the Inca art was melted down by the Spanish to satisfy their lust for gold and silver. Much about the Inca and their culture is surrounded in mystery and their art is no different.

Inca Architecture
The Inca were masterful architects and stone masons. Inca Architecture has withstood centuries of abuse and has come out largely intact.

Inca Culture
When it comes to the Inca it can get a little difficult to separate fact from speculation but the indisputable truth is that Inca culture had a dramatic impact on present day Peru.

Inca Religion
The Incas did leave an oral record of their beliefs that has been passed down from generation to generation through the centuries.

Inca Music
Inca Music is the result of centuries of ethnic and cultural mix. The wind and percussion instruments are the best known of Inca Music. PanPipes, Flutes and the Kena are just some examples of it.

Inca Gods
The Inca were polytheists, the sun was the most important aspect of life and there was a clear tendency to worship the stars and the moon.

Inca Artifacts
The Inca people were skilled craftsmen, they made jewelry, masks, pottery, tapestries, musical instruments, baskets, and other crafts. This artifacts have been found by archaeologists and tell us many things that we know about the Incas way of life.

Inca Masks
The Inca masks are a tradition in Peru that has been going on for centuries, it is part of the inca culture.

Inca Clothing
Inca men used to wear tunics which were knee length, grass shoes or leather sandals, headbands, headdresses, belts and bags.




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