Llama figurine made of gold.
- Excavated/Findspot: Peru
- (Americas,South America,Peru)
- Height: 6.3 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.
1996, London, Museum of Mankind (Room 1), 'Gilded Image'
2003 15 Dec-2009 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, "History of the World" PROMISED
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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