An extremely rare and exceptionaly preserved wood cup, Inka Nation, 1400-1500 AD.
The use of beakers in various materials predates the Tiwanaku culture (ca. 400–1000) in Peru. The Inka introduced (ca. 1450–1534) stylistic elements and religious ceremonial uses that persisted into the colonial era. Sometime before 1570, the use of pigmented resin inlays to augment the earlier incised decoration became fairly common.
Keros were traditionally made in pairs for the ritual exchange of chicha, a fermented beverage made from corn. During this exchange, the presenters would hold the vessels at the waist and bottom, partially obscuring the images in those areas. Traditionally, only the uppermost register would thus have been completely visible.
Size: 87 x 75 mm.
Condition: Superb for the type and material, with largely intact decoration.
Provenance: Jan Pelle Collection (Lyngbye, Denmark). This is an internationally known collection, one of the largest ever made.