Peru, Wari style (500-900) / Bird-Shaped Container / 500-900Peru, Wari style (500-900)
Bird-Shaped Container

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Creator Nationality: South American; Pre-Columbian; Wari
Creator Name-CRT: Peru, Wari style (500-900)
Title: Bird-Shaped Container
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 500
Creation End Date: 900
Creation Date: 500-900
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: wood
Dimensions: Overall: 8.4cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1989.66
Credit Line: Edwin R. and Harriet Pelton Perkins Memorial Fund
Provenance: Alan Lapiner
Style or Period: Peru, Wari style (500-900)

Peruvian Indians today regard coca leaf as a sacred substance that creates communion with deities. The leaves are chewed with powdered lime that in antiquity was stored in containers and scooped with spatulas like those seen here. Aside from its ritual meaning, coca has practical benefits: it is vitamin-rich and, like coffee, induces clear-headedness. The lizard spatula is Nasca; the other two are Wari.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1989.66
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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