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Largest ever Peruvian wooden kero cup or beaker, Inca!

Largest ever Peruvian wooden kero cup or beaker, Inca!


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Handiwork: Pre 1700: Item # 1322214
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Rare masive wooden kero, Early Colonial period, ca. 16th.-17th. century AD

Unusually large and well-decorated wooden Kero. This Kero measure astonishing 16,4 cm. in height and is ca. 12 cm. wide over the rim!. Polychrome decoration of figures harvesting and doing field work in the upper register. The middle register features crops, while the low register features different symbols, incl. the sun-symbol. Interesting and rare piece that is likely early colonial

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. 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: 164 mm x 120 mm.

Condition: Nice, a few age or stress cracks, perhaps some light restoration of colours, we are not certain.

Provenance: Old German collection