Sep 3, 2010
Sep 3, 2010
Sep 3, 2010

Llama Figurine

Llama Figurine


Hammered gold

Overall: 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in.)

Gift of W. J. Gordon 1955.374



Precious metal was a major Inka artistic medium, but most was melted down after the conquest to fund the Spanish court. The sole remains are small-scale objects from tombs and offerings. Figurines in gold, like this one, have been found at shrines on sacred mountain peaks, where they accompanied child sacrifices in offerings made during times of crisis, such as famine.

See also
AA - Andes
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Hammered gold
Credit line: 
Gift of W. J. Gordon

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