Quero (qero, kero): human head effigy

Inca (Inka)
late 17th–early 18th century
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General Description

Modeled quero forms developed around the middle of the 17th century, representing exclusively feline and human heads. The modeled human faces generally represent Antis, individuals from the untamed eastern quarter or Antisuyu, identifiable through their horizontal stripes of face paint. The scenes on the back often depict confrontation or social relations between Inca and Antis individuals. During the Spanish Colonial period, the ideological dichotomy between a “tame” Inca and “wild” Antis was perpetuated through these quero designs.

Adapted from

Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Label text [1975.25.McD; 1975.26.McD], 2015.