Jul 23, 2021
Jul 23, 2021

plug for the bottom of Container in the form of a Sacrificer

plug for the bottom of Container in the form of a Sacrificer

770–890 (radiocarbon date, 95% probability)

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Wood and red pigment (cinnabar)

Overall: 10.8 x 7 x 7.5 cm (4 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 2 15/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.193.b


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Traces of cinnabar, a toxic mercuric sulfide, are visible on the container's surface.


This plug is on the bottom of a container that assumes the shape of a magnificent, feline-headed, supernatural sacrificer who draws a knife across the throat of the human it holds in its lap. Severed human heads hang from the feline's belt and dangle by the trachea at the back of its headdress. Sacrifice had a place in Wari religious practice, probably as an unusual and exceptionally precious offering made to entice the benevolence of cosmic forces. Indeed, colonial-period Andean people believed that death was a prerequisite for the renewal of the world.

See also
AA - Andes
Art of the Americas
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