Kero-form cup with bird motifs

CULTURE:
Chimú-Inca (Inka)
DATE:
1440–1540
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General Description

The silver cup represents the formal diversity associated with Late Horizon (1400-1532 CE) vessels. This example exhibits the remains of plain weave textile still adhering to the outer metal surface, signifying that it was wrapped at the time of deposition. The structure of the weave suggests its provenience from the north coast of modern-day Peru, as do the avian figures depicted in profile around the base.

Adapted from

Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Label text [1967.4; 1983.W.1128; 1976.W.1130], 2015.