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Kero beaker

Inca, Peru/Bolivia
16th – 17th century
Alder wood, polychromy
H. 20 cm ; D. 16,5 cm

Keros are Inca ceremonial beakers from the southern Sierra in Peru and northeastern Bolivia. They date from pre- and post-colonial Inca periods, from the beginning of the 15th century to around the 18th century, but their peak is in the 16th and 17th centuries. Keros are made of "chachacoma" or "lambran" (alder) wood with polychrome decoration. Those from the Inca-Colonial period are decorated with painted figurative scenes, black is used for the sketch, then they are painted in bright colours. The decor represents scenes from Andean mythology illustrated in the Western style. The piece presented here is particularly rich in decor and well preserved.

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