Alpaca-Form Container with spatula

Alpaca-Form Container with spatula

A.D. 1400-1532
Culture
Inca
Locale
Peru, south coast
Country
Peru
container
Wood and hide
Museum purchase
1992.507A-C
. Alpaca-Form Container with spatula. A.D. 1400-1532. Wood and hide. Museum purchase. 1992.507A-C.
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Department
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Art of the Ancient Americas

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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