Pre-Columbian, central Peru, Inca, ca. 1300 to 1500 CE. A wonderful Incan kero, carved from a single piece of wood, presenting a gracefully flared and curved conical form, with an integral bifurcated band at the lower end, and meticulously decorated with two registers of incised rectangular and square panels - one presenting an Aztec cross, another with a smiling sun, the remainder with mesmerizing geometric motifs. Skillfully hand-carved (rather than made on a lathe) and incised, this vessel was most likely used for drinking Chicha - a fermented corn beer favored by the indigenous. Size: 4.875" in diameter x 6.375" H (12.4 cm x 16.2 cm)
Provenance: private Southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s
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