Qero (kero)
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Artist:   Inka (Inca)  
Title:   Qero (kero)  
Date:   1300-1550  
Medium:   Wood, pigment  
Dimensions:   7 9/16 x 4 7/16 in. (19.21 x 11.27 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John R. Kennedy  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

Ancient Andeans of all classes used qeros for toasting with chicha, or maize beer, during feasts. Social drinking was central to Inka society. Inka rulers provided chicha as a gesture of generosity and reciprocity to the subjects whose labor and resources they commanded. Ritual drinking was also important in forming alliances with neighboring societies, and a conquered ruler’s refusal to drink was a costly mistake. Qeros were typically made in pairs as a reflection of Inka beliefs in duality and reciprocity; however subordinates often received a smaller vessel.

Object Description  
Classification:   Woodwork  
Physical Description:   Cup with painted designs in yellow, red and white; from top down band of geometric designs, band of figures and animals, band of stylized birds and geometric shapes, band of stylized flowers and birds  
Creation Place:   South America, Peru, Central Andes region, ,  
Accession #:   99.57.2  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts