kero (Cup)

About this object

History of use

A kero is an ancient Incan drinking vessel used to drink liquids like chicha. They can be made from wood, ceramics, silver, or gold and were traditionally used in Andean feasts.

Physical description

Tall wooden kero type cup, cylindrical, with an irregularly circular mouth that receded toward a pedestal base. Two encircling incised lines decorate the body, a thin one at top and thicker near the midpoint. Where the cup meets the base are two carved rings. The base flares slightly toward the bottom. The inside of the cup is hollowed out, with many pits and cuts on the interior walls.