The Inca Gallery and its Treasure Chambers

The Inca Gallery and its Treasure Chambers

Breast pendant of a divine half-human half-animal creature, copper and gold

In the treasure chambers and the Inca Gallery there are archaeological treasures from 4000 years of cultural history of the pre-Hispanic Andean regions. The exhibition reveals which materials and objects were of particularly high value for the different cultures from Colombia to Argentina and what significance they had. In addition to gold and silver, which, to the Incas was associated with the sun and the moon, this also included seashells brought in from far away, special stones and ores from the mountains, feathers from the Amazon lowlands, salt and delicate woven textiles.

The Inca Gallery invites you on a journey through time from the northern to the southern Andes, with the Inca culture at its center. Among the highlights of this section are masterfully modeled ceremonial vessels with portraits of rulers and scenes of gods, very well preserved garments and textiles, knotted cords as well as rare wooden sculptures. The works, which mostly come from graves, convey an impressive picture of the craftsmanship, but also of the religious and social concepts of the people of the pre-Hispanic Andean regions.

Following in the footsteps of the fast Inca messengers, children can explore the exhibition for themselves at special Inca stations. Films from research projects also provide descriptive background Information.


Stirrup vessel, made of fired clay, depicting the battle between two half-human half-animal creatures
Ear peg disc, depicting figure in ceremonial robes, made of wrought and engraved gilt copper sheet
Vessel made of painted and fired clay, depicting a human figure with painted eyes and holding field crops
Pendant with a human face made of seashells, stone and gold
Whistling vessel, sitting human figure, made of fired and painted clay
Stirrup vessel, puma, made of fired and painted clay
Jaguat pendant, Inv. Nr. 27.118:1