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Ceremonial Drinking Vessel (Kero) (work of art)

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Peruvian (North Coast and Sicán Culture)
circa 1000-1476
H. 10 in.
(25.4 cm)


This vessel form is known as a kero in Quechua, the primary indigenous language of Peru. Keros were used to drink chicha, a beer made from corn, which was consumed during important public rituals and social events. The kero form is found from Ecuador to Chile and spans more than twenty-five hundred years. Its geographic extent and longevity attest to the ritual importance of drinking chicha, which continues today as a central part of both ceremonial events and social gatherings.

This large vessel is decorated with the face of Naymlap, the culture hero of the Sicán people and the mythological founder of its ruling dynasty.

tags: ceremony, community, mythology, power, metal


  • Ceremonial Drinking Vessel (Kero)

    Ceremonial Drinking Vessel (Kero) by Unknown Peruvian Artist

  • Ceremonial Drinking Vessel (Kero)

    Ceremonial Drinking Vessel (Kero)

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Purchased with funds from the State of North Carolina