offering / figurine
Miniature llama figurine, wrought in hammered gold, probably deposited as an offering.
- 1500 (circa)
- Excavated/Findspot: Peru
- (Americas,South America,Peru)
- Height: 6.3 centimetres
- Width: 1 centimetres
<b> McEwan 2009, p.72
Miniature Gold Llama. Inca, Peru, 14th-15th century </b>
Llamas are a vital source of meat and wool for altiplano communities as well as being pack animals. The size and health of its herds are a direct measure of a community's health and prosperity. Along with miniature human figurines, miniature golden llamas were deposited as offerings to accompany high-altitude human sacrifices to the mountain deities <i>apus</i> to ensure the arrival of the life-giving moisture that replenishes the altiplano grasses and promotes the fertility of the herds.
Not on display
1996, London, Museum of Mankind (Room 1), Gilded Image
2003-2009 15 Dec-Jun, BM, Living and Dying
2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, A History of the World in 100 Objects
2014 April-June, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, A History of the World
2014-2015 13 Dec-15 Mar, Taiwan, National Palace Museum (NPM), A History of the World
2015 18 Apr-28 June, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, A History of the World
2015 14 Jul-6 Sep, Fukuoka, Kyushu National Museum, A History of the World
21 August 2003
Reason for treatment
Light clean. Renumber the Llama.
Dirty and greasy. Light tarnish in some patches.
Cleaned to remove dirt and grease with acetone applied on cotton wool swabs. Used detarol (10% in distilled water ) applied on swabs to remove some light tarnish/discolouration. The detarol was rinsed off with distilled water on swabs and dried with a paper tissue and acetone swabs. Renumbered. Applied registration number.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: ESA12178
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