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Culture Group:LambayequeTitle:Kero Date:1000 - 1476 Medium:Gold alloy Culture: Lambayeque Dimensions:5 11/16 x 4 1/8 in., 5 13/16oz. (14.4 x 10.4 cm, 164.09gm.) Credit Line:Museum purchase Accession number:1993.7.2 Label Copy: This Lambayeque drinking cup, called a kero, was used for ceremonial drinking. Chicha, an alcoholic drink made most commonly from corn, but sometimes also from other plants such as peanuts or yucca, was the most widely consumed ceremonial beverage in the Andean region. The 16th century Spanish writer Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés praised South American corn beer, declaring it superior to "the beer and ale drunk by the English and in Flanders (both of which I have tried and drunk)." Drinking was communal. These gold Lambayeque keros adorned with frogs, which survive as a pair, attest to the social dimension of chicha, as they suggest multiple drinkers. These cups also evidence the Lambayeque's superior metallurgy skills, which they deployed to make hundreds of keros out of precious metals. Provenance: Provenance: Sican, North Coast Peru-Batan Grande, 850-1050 CE.. By 1964 in the Paul Tishman collection, New York., NY. Purchased by the museum in 1993David Bernstein Fine Art, New York, NY.


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