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Kero with Jaguar Handle Peru | Inca | 1400-1532 (Late Horizon) | wood | "Keros" were conical drinking vessels used throughout the Inka empire for the ritual consumption of "chicha" (maize beer). While the elite drank from gold and silver "keros," local administrators exchanged wooden "keros." The jaguar-like creature clinging to this "kero's" rim may be a "katari," a fantastic animal combining feline and reptilian characteristics

Kero with Jaguar Handle Peru | Inca | 1400-1532 (Late Horizon) | wood | "Keros" were conical drinking vessels used throughout the Inka empire for the ritual consumption of "chicha" (maize beer). While the elite drank from gold and silver "keros," local administrators exchanged wooden "keros." The jaguar-like creature clinging to this "kero's" rim may be a "katari," a fantastic animal combining feline and reptilian characteristics

Pair of Keros, 16th–17th century Peru, Inka/Colonial Wood, pigmented resin inlay

Pair of Keros, 16th–17th century Peru, Inka/Colonial Wood, pigmented resin inlay

Casket with Harpies | Iraq (?)| Mesopotamian | 12th-13th century | brass, silver	| Seated figures are shown in central roundels on the sides and cover and in spandrels on front and back. Harpies appear in spandrels on the sides and the cover

Casket with Harpies | Iraq (?)| Mesopotamian | 12th-13th century | brass, silver | Seated figures are shown in central roundels on the sides and cover and in spandrels on front and back. Harpies appear in spandrels on the sides and the cover

Hinged Snuff Bottles Qing dynasty (1644–1911) | 19th century | China | Silver with painted enamel panels and enamel stoppers | H. 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm); L. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)

Hinged Snuff Bottles Qing dynasty (1644–1911) | 19th century | China | Silver with painted enamel panels and enamel stoppers | H. 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm); L. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)

Buffalo figure | 19th century | Republic of Benin, City of Abomey | Fon peoples | Silver, iron, wood

Buffalo figure | 19th century | Republic of Benin, City of Abomey | Fon peoples | Silver, iron, wood

Drinking Cup | New Kingdom | Dynasty 18 | reign of Thutmose III | ca. 1479–1425 B.C. | From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III | Glassy faience, gold

Drinking Cup | New Kingdom | Dynasty 18 | reign of Thutmose III | ca. 1479–1425 B.C. | From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III | Glassy faience, gold

Pyxis | Jerusalem, Israel (?) | Roman | glass, gold leaf | This pyxis, or cylindrical box, is an exquisite example of Roman luxury glassware, used to hold cosmetics or precious jewelry. Cylindrical in shape with a knob on the cover; stratified: green, white, yellow, blue

Pyxis | Jerusalem, Israel (?) | Roman | glass, gold leaf | This pyxis, or cylindrical box, is an exquisite example of Roman luxury glassware, used to hold cosmetics or precious jewelry. Cylindrical in shape with a knob on the cover; stratified: green, white, yellow, blue

#Africa | Dance crest "dagu" from the Senufo people of the Ivory Coast | Wood || Used for ceremonies preparing young men for the actual initiation, the membership of the "poro" society.

#Africa | Dance crest "dagu" from the Senufo people of the Ivory Coast | Wood || Used for ceremonies preparing young men for the actual initiation, the membership of the "poro" society.

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