Inca Silver Female Idol

Inca Silver Female Idol

A Pre-Columbian Inca silver female idol. She stands nude cupping her breasts with her hands.

Peru.
Ca. 1350-1500 AD.
Height: 1 3/8 in. (35 cm).
Weight 13.48 gm.

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.

Inca civilization arose in the Andean highlands of Peru in the early 13th century. By the 16th century, the Inca Empire was the largest empire in the New World. Their capital was at Cuzco in Peru. Despite their wealth, large population, and strong administrative organization the Incas were rapidly conquered by the Spanish by 1572.

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.

Inv#: 6363

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