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Jaguar Head Kero

A work made of wood and mopa-mopa resin.
Public Domain

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  • A work made of wood and mopa-mopa resin.

Date:

1600–1800

Artist:

Maker unknown (Inca)
Viceroyalty of Peru (probably Peru or Bolivia)

About this artwork

During the Inca Empire, wooden kero drinking cups were only decorated with geometric designs. But after the Spanish invasion, the Inca royal court retreated to lower elevations in the Amazonian jungle, a place they called Vilcabamba. Likely in response to the introduction of European heraldry featuring lions and building on representations of felines by their Andean predecessors, Inca makers created new keros shaped like feline heads. Rather than depicting highland pumas, however, such keros are spotted like Amazonian jaguars.

Status

On View, Gallery 136

Department

Arts of the Americas

Culture

Inca

Title

Jaguar Head Kero, Jaguar Head Kero (Drinking Cup)

Places

Bolivia (Object Probably made in), Peru (Object Probably made in), Peru, Viceroyalty of (Object made in)

Date

1600-1800

Medium

Wood and mopa-mopa resin

Inscriptions

Inscribed on base, in red pigment: .R.57.96

Dimensions

21.2 × 15.3 × 18.5 cm (8 3/8 × 6 × 7 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Arts of the Americas Discretionary Fund

Reference Number

2022.587

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