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Early Peruvian wooden kero cup or beaker, Inca Empire!

Early Peruvian wooden kero cup or beaker, Inca Empire!


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Handiwork: Pre 1700: Item # 1323042
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Rare early wooden kero, Inca, ca. 16th. century AD.

A well-decorated wooden Kero with very dark colours, decorated with an inlaid tecnique. This Kero measure nearly 10 cm. in height. Polychrome decoration of figures possibly, doing some ceremony, but there's also a Indian with a Chieftains headdress on the cup.

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: Nearly 10 cm.

Condition: Choice, some wear and darkening of colours, fine patina.

Provenance: Old German collection