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Fragment; a solid metal bird form with generalized wing and tail shapes. The head has large ringed eyes and thick, hooked beak. The tail is slightly bent. The underside has a broken surface with some filed areas. The casting is quite rough and the surface is pitted. A piece of off-white string is wrapped around the neck.

History Of Use

Probably a finial that has been broken off a spatula like ones from the Inca site of Machu Piccchu (Bingham). Such spatulas were used for dipping lime out of a bottle as part of the coca leaf chewing process.


Inca Style, Late Horizon; 1476-1532 C.E.

Iconographic Meaning

The ringed eyes and thick beak are consistent with representations of parrots.

Item History

  • Made in Peru between 1476 and 1532
  • Collected between 1949 and 1966
  • Owned by Anonymous before May 4, 1981
  • Received from Anonymous (Donor) on May 4, 1981

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