In the ancient Americas, metals were used primarily to create objects for rituals and badges, rather than for tools, weapons or money. The use of gold, transformed into objects for gods and rulers, provides the central narrative and trajectory of the exhibition, from Peru in the south to Mexico in the north. However, other materials were often considered much more valuable. Jade, more than gold, was the most precious substance for the Olmecs and the Mayans; and the Incas and their predecessors valued feathers and textiles above all else.
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