Quero (qero, kero) with geometric design


Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

By the Spanish conquest, the tall wooden cup was called a quero (qero, kero), meaning “wood,” in Quechua. The specialized wood carvers were known as querocamayoc. Similar beakers of lesser value were made in ceramic, while the most valuable goblets, called aquilla, were made in silver and gold. This ceramic cup features simple geometric designs and thus likely dates to the Late Horizon (1400-1532 C.E.). It contrasts with more elaborate, carved wooden vessels, which reflect the development of inlaid resin paints during the Spanish colonial period.

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  • Title: Quero (qero, kero) with geometric design
  • Date Created: 1400–1534
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 4 7/16 in. (11.271 cm) Diameter (top): 3 15/16 in. (10.001 cm) Diameter (bottom): 2 5/8 in. (6.668 cm)
  • Type: Containers
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5085597/
  • Medium: Ceramic and slip paints
  • period: Late Horizon
  • culture: Inca (Inka)
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, The Nora and John Wise Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jake L. Hamon, the Eugene McDermott Family, Mr. and Mrs. Algur H. Meadows and the Meadows Foundation, Incorporated, and Mr. and Mrs. John D. Murchison