Quero (qero, kero) with processional scene

CULTURE:
Inca (Inka)
DATE:
1630–1780
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General Description

The cups, or quero, produced during the Late Horizon (1400-1532 CE) did not generally feature painted figurative decoration but rather geometric or abstract designs within two to four registers. During the Spanish Colonial period, figural scenes became increasingly popular and complex, predominating on the upper register. The scenes provide essential clues by which to date the cup and to study the development of common motifs and themes.

The processional scene on this vessel depicts four Andean and two Spanish figures, based on their dress. The wide Spanish caps and coats recall garments of the 17th and 18th centuries, while the feathered headdresses identify the other four figures as Anti, individuals from untamed the eastern jungle or Antisuyu. The lower registers and open spaces are filled with tropical fauna such as monkeys and macaws.

Adapted from

Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Label text, 2015.