Circa 1470-1532 AD pre-Columbian Inca ritual offering vessel
Conopa in the shape of a Llama. Hand carved from a fine brown grained stone, then polished with sand and water, with a hole in its back called a "qocha" (lagoon) the container for offerings during the ceremony "haywarisqa" (ceremony of offerings). Llama fat and blood mixed with coca leaves were presented to the gods.
MEASUREMENTS: 3 inches (9 cm) long and 2 5/8 inches (6 cm) tall.
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