Cup: standing figures holding cups

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

The goblet-style cup, which was used by the Huari and Tiahuanaco for maize beer feasting, developed along the coast following the expansion of these highland societies to the north and south. Extending from the rich metallurgy tradition of the preceding Moche, the north coast Sicán (Lambayeque) culture produced high-status objects and adornments in precious metals. This Chimú silver-plated goblet presents a pair of identical figures holding goblets in their hands. These cups make evident the importance of feasting in coastal Andean societies.

Adapted from

Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Label text [1976.W.536; 1976.W.548; 1976.W.549; 1976.W.541; 1976.W.558; 1976.W.1134; 1976.W.1135], 2015.