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Kero Cup for Chicha


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Kero (Qiru/Qero/Qiro) cups are ceremonial Andean beakers are important to Andean culture since 100-600 CE. These hand-carved hard wood vessels play a significant role in ritualistic ceremonies in Q’ero Nations and ritual consumption of chicha — a fermented beverage of sprouted maize.

Although the Spanish tried to eliminate all Kero cups, Q’ero communities continue to use them in ceremonies. One of the elders informed us that, “We are called the Q’ero because of our kero cups. That is how we were named.”

On this exquisitely colored kero cup, exotically dressed figures appear to be conducting a ceremony involving flowers, maize, and probably chicha. The flowers are likely from the Kantuta tree, known as the Peruvian magic tree and refer to a major legend of the Andes. The geometric designs are also seen in traditional textiles.

The age of this Kero is undetermined, but its color pattern is post-Spanish invasion.  There is an old repaired crack, and that repair itself has aged.  Learn more about Kero cups:

Hand carved hardwood
4 in. wide x 5 in. tall  (10 x 12.5 cm)