Cupisnique Chavin Carved and Inlaid Stone Lime Container or Calero. 1500 - 500 BC. North coast of Peru. Yellow-gray steatite, carved and engraved head; hollowed out and stoppered with a seperate carving of a caracara- a type of crested falcon. Inlaid with hematite and turquoise. Traces of cinnibar remain in the low points. The lime pot, or poporo, was indispensable in the use of coca leaf; powdered lime derived from calcinated seashells was chewed along with the quid of coca leaves, enhancing the narcotic effect. The stopper is drilled for insertion of a small spatula, now missing, for dispensing the lime. 2 9/16" total height. The head alone is 1 7/8" tall x 2 1/8" at the widest. The stopper is 1 5/8" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/8". 7 oz.