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Kero (Waisted Cup)

Kero (Waisted Cup)

400-1000

Earthenware with colored slips

Overall: 22.3 x 17 cm (8 3/4 x 6 11/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1963.476

Description

The kero is a distinctive Tiwanaku vessel form, imitated by the later Inka, who used the cups in political and religious ceremonies. It is assumed that the same was true at Tiwanaku, where impressive stone figures, perhaps rulers, hold keros as though they are emblems of authority. Perhaps, like the Inka, the Tiwanaku used keros to drink chicha, a corn beer shared to cement bonds of mutual obligation among allies.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Andes
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic

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