cup shape with flaring mouth; lightly incised decoration, painted in green, tan, orange and off-white; geometric and floral designs with man leading a pack animal and a woman following around mouth

Qero (kero), 1300-1550

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Gift of funds from Dolly J. Fitermanexpand_more  98.163.2

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The geometric symbols or tocapu encircling the top of this qero indicate it likely belonged to a high ranking member of society. This visual language of geometric emblems communicated information about rank and status. While much is yet to be learned about specific tocapu meanings, they have been found in tunics and objects belonging to elites in the Inka and Wari empires. Like other qeros, this one would have been used for chicha, or maize beer. Since qeros were designed for social drinking, artists placed the most important visual symbols in a place of prominence near the top, so they could be easily seen.

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Title
Qero (kero)
Role
Artist
Accession Number
98.163.2
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cup shape with flaring mouth; lightly incised decoration, painted in green, tan, orange and off-white; geometric and floral designs with man leading a pack animal and a woman following around mouth