Inca Silver Female Idol
A Pre-Columbian Inca silver female idol. She stands nude cupping her breasts with her hands.
Figurines of gold, silver, or shell were often deposited with Inca human sacrifices. The figurines may have been offerings to the gods, small icons of the sacrificial victims, or guides to the afterworld.
cf.: L. Laurencich Minelli, The Inca World: The Development of Pre-Columbian Peru, A.D. 1000-1534, (Oklahoma, 2000). p. 221, no. 227.
Formerly in a New York private collection.