Relics and Reliquaries

Curated by Carmen Fernández Salvador and Josefina Vázquez, the exhibition “Relics and Reliquaries: the Acuña Road” delves into the rituality behind certain objects that are associated with body treatments, from the perspective both of the Christian world and of the pre-Columbian cultures on the Ecuadorian coast and in the Amazon.

The exhibition consisted of 18th, 19th and 20th century pieces that were either remains of certain body parts, attire or objects directly associated with a saint or important figure in the Christian world. We refer to them as relics, and they were represented, preserved and displayed in reliquaries. The show also featured funerary urns from the pre-Columbian Manteño Huancavilca (800 B.C. – 1500 A.C.) culture of the Coast and the Napo (1200 A.C. -1600 A.C.) culture in the Amazon, in which the bones of the dead were kept.

September 2013 – January 2014

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