Cup with Four Faces

Cup with Four Faces

600–1000

Stone with shell inlay

Overall: 9.5 x 9.2 cm (3 3/4 x 3 5/8 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2019.169

Location

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The inlay is made of spondylus (thorny oyster) shell, a form of wealth in antiquity.

Description

The identity of the four, wide-eyed faces on this cup is unknown. Equally mysterious is the cup’s function. It seems too small to be used for drinking beer at the feasts the Wari sponsored to put others in their debt. The size may suggest the cup was used in more intimate circumstances, perhaps to make libations to sacred forces that animated the ancient landscape.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Andes
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Stone

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