Alpaca-Form Container with spatula
Alpaca-Form Container with Spatula
Peru, south coast
Wood and hide
Museum Purchase, 1992.507 A-C
Stone containers in the form of llamas or alpacas were often used as offerings for the health and fertility of animal flocks. The heavy coat of this example, carved from wood, indicates an alpaca, an animal bred for its long, lustrous fibers. The matching spatula suggests that it may have contained powdered mineral lime, used to release the alkaloids present in coca leaves.
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