Goblet or Kero cup
Arts of the Americas
On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
These two ceramic vessels convey the importance of llamas among the ancient Andean cultures. The Lambayeque example representing a man on a llama is unusual, since llamas are normally used as pack animals and are only employed as mounts by merchants during river crossings. Perhaps this vessel represents such a merchant.
The Wari ceremonial cup also depicts a domesticated llama. The gold disc attached to the rope around its neck underscores the animal’s value and ritual importance.
7 1/8 x 5 7/8 x 6 in. (18.1 x 14.9 x 15.2 cm) (show scale)
Henry L. Batterman Fund
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Wari. Goblet or Kero cup, 600-1000. Ceramic, pigment, 7 1/8 x 5 7/8 x 6 in. (18.1 x 14.9 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund, 44.98. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 44.98_bw.jpg)
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