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Ceremonial Vessel (Paqcha)

Arts of the Americas

This ceramic paqcha, or ritual vessel, was used to make offerings of chicha (a fermented maize beer) to Pachamama, or Mother Earth. The liquid was poured into the llama’s head and then flowed down an interior chamber to the ground below.

Esta cerámica paqcha, o vasija ritual, se usaba para hacer ofrendas de chicha (cerveza de maíz fermentado) a la Pachamama, o Madre Tierra. El líquido se derramaba sobre la cabeza de la llama y se filtraba a una cámara interior y después a la tierra.

MEDIUM Ceramic
  • Place Found: North Coast, Peru
  • DATES 1470–1532
    PERIOD Pre-Spanish
    DIMENSIONS 5 3/4 x 4 x 9 13/16 in. (14.6 x 10.2 x 24.9 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Blackware vessel in form of llama head with an opening at the top and a cylindrical body that tapers to a small spout. Condition: good.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Inca. Ceremonial Vessel (Paqcha), 1470–1532. Ceramic, 5 3/4 x 4 x 9 13/16 in. (14.6 x 10.2 x 24.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 30.884. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.30.884_side.jpg)
    IMAGE side, overall, CUR.30.884_side.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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