Spoon: parrot finials
These spoons are claimed to derive from a cache of offerings found on the southern coast of Peru. Despite the reputed recovery from southern Peru, the objects reflect principally north coast designs, such as these small spoons with finials representing birds. If the provenience is accurate, then the cached group demonstrates either trade of Chimú elite objects or the presence of Chimú populations on the south coast during the Late Horizon (1400-1532 CE), perhaps under Inca imperial rule.
Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Label text [1972.23.2.McD; 1972.23.1.McD; 19126.96.36.199.McD; 19188.8.131.52.McD; 19184.108.40.206.McD; 19220.127.116.11.McD], 2015.
- One of the spoons has shell and turquoise eye inset (1918.104.22.168.McD), and the other has shell and garnet eye inset (1922.214.171.124.McD).
- The cache of offerings found on the southern coast of Peru included a number of works in the DMA’s collections, a ceremonial rod (1972.23.2.McD), a featherwork neckpiece (1972.23.1.McD), a pair of coca spoons with bird and animal finials (19126.96.36.199.McD; 19188.8.131.52.McD), a pair of miniature camelid figurines (19184.108.40.206.McD; 19220.127.116.11.McD), and a set of small spoons with bird finial (1918.104.22.168.McD; 1922.214.171.124.McD).
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