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In the Museum

Inca gold llama

The British Museum's collection includes both Inca (AD 1400-1531) and Inca-colonial (sixteenth - eighteenth century) objects.

These range from large stone offering vessels (cocha) to miniature gold and silver figurines that were once used as offerings to the mountain deities in Inca state rituals. There are also examples of rare ceremonial pottery vessels fashioned in the form of an Andean foot-plough (chaquitaclla) and used for liquid offerings. After the Spanish conquest native artisans continued to create tapestries and wooden drinking vessels with new kinds of materials and motifs.