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Inca. Kero Cup, 17th-18th century. Wood, pigment, 7 1/8 x 6 in. (18.1 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Eugene Schaefer, 36.357. Creative Commons-BY
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Wooden cup or kero decorated with polychrome designs in which pigments are inlaid in the wood. The scene on the upper register depicts a Chuncho dance, which was performed throughout the colonial period and into the 20th century, to commemorate the Inca defeat of the Chunchos. The Chunchos or Anti were a tropical highland group who were regarded by the Inca as savages. The human figures in the upper register are shown in Spanish dress. The middle register consists of tocapu designs and the lower register is decorated with images of flora and fauna.
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