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Creator Nationality: South American; Pre-Columbian; Inca
Creator Name-CRT: Peru, Bolivia, Chile or Ecuador, Inka style (1400-1532)
Title: Llama Figurine
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1400
Creation End Date: 1532
Creation Date: 1400-1532
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork
Materials and Techniques: hammered gold
Dimensions: Overall: 5.2cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1955.374
Credit Line: Gift of W. J. Gordon
Style or Period: Peru, Bolivia, Chile or Ecuador, Inka style (1400-1532)
Precious metal was a major Inka artistic medium, but most was melted down after the conquest to fund the Spanish court's activities. The sole remains of this great art form are miniatures buried in tombs and in offerings made at sacred places in the landscape. Figurines like the two gold examples have been found at shrines on hallowed, snow-capped peaks, where they accompanied child sacrifices. Such offerings were made during times of crisis, such as during famine or when a new ruler took the throne. The silver agricultural figurine-its body covered with fruits and vegetables-may have been made after the Spanish conquest.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1955.374
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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