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Figurine

Arts of the Americas

On View: Great Hall, South, 1st floor
This carved turquoise figurine of a man wearing a hat and tunic was likely a ritual offering used during a ceremony. Groupings of similar figurines have been excavated by archaeologists at the Wari provincial site of Pikillacta, near Cusco, as ceremonial offerings, perhaps related to fertility. Turquoise is not common in the Andes, and its scarcity may explain its preciousness and why it was used for these small devotional figurines.
CULTURE Wari
MEDIUM Turquoise
DATES 600-1000 C.E.
DIMENSIONS 1 1/4 x 1/2 x 3/4 in. (3.2 x 1.3 x 1.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, South, 1st floor
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ACCESSION NUMBER 86.224.106
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Wari. Figurine, 600-1000 C.E. Turquoise, 1 1/4 x 1/2 x 3/4 in. (3.2 x 1.3 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.224.106. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.224.106_bw_acetate.jpg)
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Wari. <em>Figurine</em>, 600-1000 C.E. Turquoise, 1 1/4 x 1/2 x 3/4 in. (3.2 x 1.3 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.224.106. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.224.106_bw_acetate.jpg)