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Edwin Herrera, Cusco Peru
Edwin Herrera Salinas, lives in Cusco, Peru with his wife Nilda, and daughter, Camila. Carrying on in the family tradition, Edwin was schooled on styles and techniques of jewelry making by his parents. Over the last ten years, Edwin became enthralled with the pre-Incan Moche Lambayeque cultures of Northern Coastal Peru and captures some of their legends and symbols in his jewelry. Originally interested in painting, Edwin dabbled in the techniques and the beautifully transparent palette of water colors which have carried over into his work as a jewelry maker.
The Lord of Sipan, of the Moche culture, reigned approximately 200 A.D and died about 40 years of age. . His tomb was uncovered in 1987. Sipan is located in northern Peru, close to the coast. Four tombs were found in Sipan's Huaca Rajada, a mausoleum built by the Moche culture that ruled in the area from the time of Christ to 700 AD, centuries prior to the Incas.
Discovery of the tomb was dubbed “The Golden Wonder” by Time magazine, and National Geographic covered the finding in an article called “Discovering the Richest Tomb in the New World.” It represents the most important archaeological finding of recent times, and the collection has traveled throughout the world.
Sipan's treasures show us the Moche culture's mastery of metallurgy and quality use of several metals: gold, silver, copper and precious stones unrivaled in the Americas including masks, necklaces, earrings and other elaborate jewelry.