Conopa, votive container in the shape of a llama

Inca Culture15th-16th century

Mudec - Museum of Cultures

Mudec - Museum of Cultures
Milan, Italy

Small containers like this were used to propitiate fertility and the prosperity of herds. The back was left hollow to be packed with scented embers or sacrificial material. The use of plant and animal miniatures to propitiate the bountiful harvests and herds is still common today in rural areas of the central and southern Andes. C.O.

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  • Title: Conopa, votive container in the shape of a llama
  • Creator: Inca Culture
  • Date Created: 15th-16th century
  • Physical Dimensions: l 8,5 cm
  • Provenance: Peru, Southern Altiplano Plateau
  • Type: Votive container
  • Rights: Cristoforo Robecchi Collection - Museum of Cultures, Milan - PAM 38
  • Medium: Marble, engraving, burnishing