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Llama effigy

Llama effigy
AD 1400-1532
Peru : Inca
Silver or silver alloy
h. 23.0 cm
UEA 150

On state occasions, offerings and sacrifices were made at shrines, mountain tops and other sacred places, where the Incas buried clothing, food, animals and also miniature effigies of llamas and human beings. The expansion of the Inca empire during the century before the Spanish conquest brought a vast area, from Ecuador to northern Chile and Argentina, under the control of a single power. Throughout their empire the Incas introduced their own, very standardised, forms of architecture, pottery, cult objects and religious practices.

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