Canopa or Votive Figure of an Alpaca

Canopa or Votive Figure of an Alpaca


Canopa Or Votive Figure Of An Alpaca

Central Peru

Inca Culture

1400 1500 Ce

Carved Stone

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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