Quero (qero, kero) with profile felines

late 16th–early 18th century

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 example of a carved wooden vessel reflects the development of inlaid resin paints during the Spanish colonial period. Colonial cups often incorporate modified profile felines, stepped diamonds, and tocapu, common to earlier pre-Hispanic textiles and ceramic vessels.

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  • Title: Quero (qero, kero) with profile felines
  • Date Created: late 16th–early 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 5 3/4 in. (14.605 cm.) Diameter: 3 15/16 in. (10.02 cm.)
  • Type: Containers
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/3141165/
  • Medium: Wood, pigmented resin inlay
  • period: Spanish Colonial
  • culture: Inca (Inka)
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, collection of Andrew D. Christensen, gift of J.D. Christensen