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Kero beaker depicting the Sican deity

<i>Kero</i> beaker depicting the Sican deity

Kero beaker depicting the Sican deity

Gold and silver

H: 15; Diam: 11.7 cm

Gift of Paul Tishman , New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Accession number:

B88.0451

Arts/Americas

Kero beakers were used for drinking chicha (maize beer) during ritual ceremonies. They were made in pairs, and two people would drink from them at the same time. As a symbol of the mutual relations between them, each would grasp a vessel and, drawing closer together, they would entwine the arms holding the keros and drink. These clay, metal, or wooden vessels were also made during the first stage of the Spanish conquest.