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Kero Cup in Shape of Head

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Wood, pigment inlay
  • Place Made: Cuzco, Peru
  • DATES 17th-18th century
    DIMENSIONS 7 1/2 x 6 3/8 x 5 3/8 in. (19.1 x 16.2 x 13.7 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Kero Cup in Shape of Head, 17th-18th century. Wood, pigment inlay, 7 1/2 x 6 3/8 x 5 3/8 in. (19.1 x 16.2 x 13.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 39.563. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 39.563_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The vessel is constructed from a single piece of wood. On the front, a face is carved; on the back, the hair provides a panel for a figural scene in which an Inca ruler, sitting on a low stool and holding a shield, is presented with a prisoner of war whose face is painted with three horizontal bands of color like the face on the kero cup itself. The scene also includes a figure holding a parasol over another figure and a seated feline. The forehead forms the rim of the cup and the neck forms the foot of the vessel. Inca themes were used on kero cups throughout the Colonial era.
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    Kero Cup in Shape of Head