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Kero (drinking cup) with figure presenting textiles

Kero (drinking cup) with figure presenting textiles

after 1550

While keros continued to be made and used during the colonial period, the decorative form of the vessels changed. Brightly painted and inlaid figural compositions became the favored style. Elegant, elaborately woven textiles were symbols of wealth of the Inca elite, here represented by brightly-patterned tunics being ceremonially presented.

Wood, resin pigments
6 1/2 in. (16.51 cm)
Diam.: 6 in.
Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Feasting with the Gods: Art and Ceremony in Ancient Mesoamerica and the Central Andes, December 11, 2003 - July 19, 2004

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