Camelid-Shaped Canopa (Offering Jar)

Camelid-Shaped Canopa (Offering Jar)

1400–1532 CE
Culture
Inca
Locale
Peru, south coast
Country
Peru
Object
container
Medium
Wood and hide
Accession Number
1992.507A-C
Credit Line
Museum purchase

Unknown Inca artist, South coast, Peru. Camelid-Shaped Canopa (Offering Jar), 1400–1532 CE. Wood and hide. Denver Art Museum Collection: Museum purchase, 1992.507.

Department
Mayer Center, Arts of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Arts of the Ancient Americas
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Alpaca-Form Container with Spatula
Inca
A.D. 1400–1532
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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