For a different perspective on pre-Colombian ceramics head to this spectacular museum, known as MAP, where art and pre-Colombian culture merge seamlessly. Twelve rooms in the 1580 Casa Cabrera, which was used as the convent of Santa Clara until the 17th century, showcase an astounding collection of pre-Columbian art from the 13th to 16th centuries, mostly in the form of carvings, ceramics, and jewelry. The art and artifacts were made by the Huari and Nasca, as well as
the Inca, cultures. The stylish displays have excellent labels in Spanish and English that place the artifacts in their artistic and historical context. On the walls is commentary from European artists on South American art. Swiss artist Paul Klee wrote: "I wish I was newly born, and totally ignorant of Europe, innocent of facts and fashions, to be almost primitive." Most Cusco museums close at dark but MAP remains open every evening. For a break after a walk around, find your way to the on-site cafe, one of Cusco's best restaurants (reservations are required for dinner).
May 29, 2009
We explored the Museo in the evening before having dinner at the Map Cafe. Although the rooms were getting very cold by then (evening temps are cold in Cusco) and the lighting very low, the displays are interesting and arranged well. There is an extensive pottery collection and the jewelry is very interesting.