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Colonial Wedding Kero
A Colonial Wood Wedding Kero or Cocha. Peru or Bolivia. Very Nice-12inches/30.5cm diameter at the handles, by 3inches/7.6cm high. Carved from one piece of wood. 18th to 19th century. The Kero or wedding cup was used ceremoniously during the wedding for sharing Chicha (beer from maize) between the newly married couple. This ceremony has roots in pre-columbian periods. A kind of fertility ritual. Inside the Kero are three oxen with two having baby oxen perhaps nursing from the rear(?). A person stands behind the center of the three with raised arms. An extremely nice piece. Acquired at auction.


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