Snuff Tablet

Snuff Tablet

Recuay style (1-650)

Wood with gold foil

Overall: 12.4 x 3 x 1.1 cm (4 7/8 x 1 3/16 x 7/16 in.)

Sundry Purchase Fund 1996.303

Description

Both of these objects feature a creature known as the "Recuay feline," although it could also refer to a fox, dog, or viscacha (a rodent). Whatever its identity, the prominent crest on its head ties it to the supernatural realm, a connection underlined by the deity head that also appears on the dipper and by the ritual function of snuff tablets, which were used to inhale hallucinogenic snuffs during religious ceremonies.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Andes
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Furniture and woodwork
Credit line: 
Sundry Purchase Fund

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