Issues Background
Vol. 16 No. 2
Summer 2015
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The rich cultural, engineering and political achievements of the Andes come into focus this summer at the National Museum of the American Indian – Smithsonian in the major exhibition The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire. This figurine is one of more than 140 items to go on display June 26, 2015 through June 2018. Inka figurine of a woman, AD 1470–1532. Coast of Peru. Gold-silver alloy. 9.6" x 2.5" x 2.8". National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution 5/4120. 

Inka figurine of a woman, AD 1470–1532. Coast of Peru. Gold-silver alloy. 9.6" x 2.5" x 2.8". National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution 5/4120.

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