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 a wide mouth and slightly bulbous upper body, receding to a cylindrical but straight sided base. The body is decorated in patterns of carved ‘x’ and ‘v’shapes and diagonal lines. The interior is hollowed out in a pattern of swirling, descending lines.