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Gold museum reflects Incan culture

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Peru is one of the most important areas in the world for gold production. The country is also the cradle of the ancient Incan culture.

Put these two facts together and it's not surprising that the Incan civilization widely used gold in its artistic designs. So, let's visit the largest private gold museum in the world, naturally located in Peru.

The museum is located in a private home in Lima, the capital of Peru. It was established in 1966 by renowned Peruvian agronomist, financier, and diplomat Miguel Mujica Gallo, and is 17,000 square meters in size. The exhibition in the basement lists about 4000 pieces of ancient relics, which are from 5th century BC to 5th century AD. These relics testify to the wide use of gold products during that time.

The Tumi is a knife that was used to kill cattle during sacrificial ceremonies. Legend has it that in ancient times the kings would hold a Tumi and cut open a pure black or pure white goat to take out it's heart and pray for a good harvest.

The exhibition center also lists jewelry, masks, crowns, Gold and silver clothes, and mummies, which all represent the culture and history of Peru.

The gold museum has been declared a National Cultural Relics Unit by the Peruvian government. Some displays have been exhibited in north America, Europe, and Japan.

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