Ceremonial Vessel (Paqcha)
Arts of the Americas
On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
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.
5 3/4 x 4 x 9 13/16 in. (14.6 x 10.2 x 24.9 cm) (show scale)
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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
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Blackware vessel in form of llama head with an opening at the top and a cylindrical body that tapers to a small spout.
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