Feather bundle

CULTURE:
Inca (Inka)
DATE:
1400–1540
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General Description

Miniature human and animal figurines composed of high-value silver, gold, or Spondylus shell are often found archaeologically associated with sacrifices of male and female juveniles in a ritual known as capacocha (qhapac hucha). Some capacocha offerings also include small feathered bags, such as this red and yellow example. The bags may contain coca leaves, maize kernels, or the recently cut human hair of the juveniles themselves.

Adapted from

Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Label text [1982.393.FA; 1983.632; 1983.633; 1983.634; 1983.635; 1983.636; 1989.W.2483], 2015.

Web Resources

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Read more about birds in the Andes.