Canopa or Votive Figure of an Alpaca


 
  • A1300-178
  • Canopa or Votive Figure of an Alpaca
  • Inca Culture
  • Central Peru
  • 1400-1500 Ce
  • Carved Stone
  • 3.6'' W x 1.3'' D x 2.4'' H
  • $2,950
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  • Alpacas and llamas held a special place in ancient Andean societies. The alpaca in particular was seen as a gift from the fertility goddess Pachamama. Canopas are hand carved votive figures of alpacas made from a fine grained stone, then polished with sand and water. Each one has a hole in its back called a qocha (lagoon), which is a container for offerings made during the haywarisqa ceremony. Symbolically, the canopa represents the cosmology of the native peoples of the high Andes.
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A1300-178 – Canopa or Votive Figure of an Alpaca
 
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