The kero cup form originates with the Inca. The original decorations included abstract geometric patterns. After the arrival of Europeans, the kero evolved to include pictorial scenes, a European convention, but its function remained the same. Kero cups were used to drink chichi (maize beer) in ritual ceremonies, for instance in the sealing of a deal or agreement.
Although the kero looks similar to a European or North American colonial beaker, the two forms developed independently. The similarity of both cups in form and function created a link between Spanish and native cultures, reflecting the role of things in building cultural connections.
- Culture: Inca
- Medium: Wood; lacquered
- Dates: 16th century
- Dimensions: 7 3/8 x 6 15/16in. (18.7 x 17.6cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of the Americas
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Great Hall, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 41.1275.5
- Credit Line: Museum Expedition 1941, Frank L. Babbott Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Inca. Kero Cup, 16th century. Wood; lacquered, 7 3/8 x 6 15/16in. (18.7 x 17.6cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1941, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 41.1275.5. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (62%)