Boasting legendary New York sculptor and jeweller David Yurman as its partner, ‘Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas’ at the New York MET adds to a growing appreciation of precious metalwork beyond decorative impact. The power of these exquisitely crafted precious materials to exalt the wearer and onlooker beyond the everyday was more significant than inherent value. A glorious paean to ancient goldworking techniques, this week presents a last chance to see the exhibition. Usually, you’d have to travel to Colombia to view the jaw-dropping additions from Bogotá’s famed Museo del Oro, so we think that the sizeable collection on show here is well worth bringing to your attention. The exhibition is on view at The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 199 until 28 May.
We’ve pinpointed some of our favourite pieces: