A Colonial Wood Beaker, A.D.1470-1560 of flaring shape painted in ochre, reddish orange and pale green with a procession of weapon-bearing Inca dignitaries, each clothed in a cape and feathered headdress, followed by two European-attired personages.

Vessel, c. 1470-1560

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Chicha - fermented maize beer - was served in keros at Inka religious ceremonies and social celebrations. The imagery on this kero is divided into three registers. At the top, men participate in a procession or mock battle carrying drums, staffs, weapons, and a flag. Two wear Spanish costume; the others are dressed as Antis or Chunchos, enemies of the Inka from the neighboring Amazon region. The middle band is decorated with tocapu - symbolic geometric designs adapted from Andean textiles. Indigenous birds and flowers adorn the lower register.

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Inca, Kero (#300)
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A Colonial Wood Beaker, A.D.1470-1560 of flaring shape painted in ochre, reddish orange and pale green with a procession of weapon-bearing Inca dignitaries, each clothed in a cape and feathered headdress, followed by two European-attired personages.