Large Ritual Silver Cup
Andean Indians, probably Bolivia
height: 13cm, width: 14cm, weight: 214g
This silver cup has an eight-sided base which rises to a circular rim. It has a foliate-form handle that is further engraved. The body of the cup is chased with geometric around a wide central band of stylised flower motifs. The cup has a pleasing hue and a soft patina.
awarint kupanaka, such cups are used in the Andes by Quechua, Chipaya and Aymara Indians to offer blessings of cane alcohol during rituals.
Overall, this is a fine example, much larger than most extant examples.
UK art market.
Inventory no.: 825