On View In:
Gallery 260
Artist:   Inka (Inca)  
Title:   Kero  
Date:   c. 1470-1560  
Medium:   Wood, pigment  
Dimensions:   7 5/8 x 6 3/8 in. (19.37 x 16.19 cm)  
Credit Line:   The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund  
Location:   Gallery 260  

Chicha - fermented maize beer - was served in keros at Inka religious ceremonies and social celebrations. The imagery on this kero is divided into three registers. At the top, men participate in a procession or mock battle carrying drums, staffs, weapons, and a flag. Two wear Spanish costume; the others are dressed as Antis or Chunchos, enemies of the Inka from the neighboring Amazon region. The middle band is decorated with tocapu - symbolic geometric designs adapted from Andean textiles. Indigenous birds and flowers adorn the lower register.

Object Description  
Classification:   Woodwork  
Physical Description:   A Colonial Wood Beaker, A.D.1470-1560 of flaring shape painted in ochre, reddish orange and pale green with a procession of weapon-bearing Inca dignitaries, each clothed in a cape and feathered headdress, followed by two European-attired personages.  
Creation Place:   South America, Peru, Andean region, ,  
Accession #:   93.47  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts