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Treasures of Peruvian Gold

October 14 – November 28, 1965
Main Floor, Rotunda

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 101 objects, pre-Columbian ceremonial and ornamental vessels, masks, figurines, and jewelry made of beaten gold, were on loan from 7 public and private collections in Peru. The exhibition, sponsored by the government of Peru, met with bitter protests that these national treasures should not leave the country. The show was then declared "the cornerstone of the cultural phase of the Alliance for Progress." The shipment arrived late in Washington because Hurricane Betsy had forced the plane to turn back to Lima. The exhibition was circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Attendance: 170,027

Catalog: Treasures of Peruvian Gold, introduction by Jorge Muelle. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, 1965.

Other Venues: Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, December 18, 1965–January 30, 1966
Cleveland Museum of Art, February 19–April 3, 1966
Gallery of Modern Art, New York, April 23–June 5, 1966
Seattle Art Museum, June 25–August 7, 1966
William Rockhill Nelson Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, August 27–October 9, 1966