Sacrificer Container

Sacrificer Container

769-887

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Wood and cinnabar

Overall: 10.8 x 7 x 7.5 cm (4 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 2 15/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.193

Description

This container assumes the shape of a magnificent, feline-headed, supernatural sacrificer who draws a knife across the throat of the human it holds in its lap. Severed human heads hang from the feline's belt and dangle by the trachea at the back of its headdress. Sacrifice had a place in Wari religious practice, probably as an unusual and exceptionally precious offering made to entice the benevolence of cosmic forces. Indeed, colonial-period Andean people believed that death was a prerequisite for the renewal of the world.

Video

Sacrificer Vessel
Supernatural Sacrificer
How It Was Used
Human Sacrifice
Examining the Vessel
See also
Collection: 
AA - Andes
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Wood

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