The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of July 19, 2024

Snuff Tablet

Snuff Tablet

1–650 CE
Overall: 12.4 x 3 x 1.1 cm (4 7/8 x 1 3/16 x 7/16 in.)
Location: 232 Andean

Description

Both of these objects feature a creature known as the "Recuay feline," although it could also refer to a fox, dog, or viscacha (a rodent). Whatever its identity, the prominent crest on its head ties it to the supernatural realm, a connection underlined by the deity head that also appears on the dipper and by the ritual function of snuff tablets, which were used to inhale hallucinogenic snuffs during religious ceremonies.
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Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1996.303