Standing hunchback


Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

Miniature human and animal figurines were often deposited as offerings, which sometimes accompanied human burials or sacrifices. The male and female figurines were composed of high-value gold, silver, or Spondylus shell. The female hair is often tied behind the back while the males bear distinguishing headdresses, such as this example.

Examples found archaeologically are often associated with sacrifices of male and female juveniles preserved at high-altitude sites through a ritual known as capacocha (qhapac hucha). The figurines are clothed in miniature elite Inca textiles, such as feather headdresses, mantles, and dresses with miniature metal pins (tupu). The small-scale clothing may closely parallel that worn by the juveniles themselves.

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  • Title: Standing hunchback
  • Date Created: 1400–1540
  • Physical Dimensions: 1 1/8 × 1/2 × 1/2 in. (2.86 × 1.27 × 1.27 cm)
  • Type: Sculpture
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5317071/
  • Medium: Silver
  • period: Late Horizon
  • culture: Inca (Inka)
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, collection of Andrew D. Christensen, gift of J.D. Christensen