Field Notes, Objects, Plants, Practices, Spatial Orders
The Maize Plant in an Incaican Microcosmos
Bat-ami Artzi dicusses the forms, usage, and iconographic symbolism of Andean queros (drinking vessels) through the example of a quero from the holdings of the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin.
Field Notes, Objects, Plants, Practices
Sullu Sullu, an Abortifacient Plant at the Service of the Inca Empire
Human beings are rarely represented in the art produced in the heartland of the Inca Empire. However, in the collections of the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin we find a remarkable exception: a ceramic jar from the Cusco region on which six women are depicted holding a tree branch with two flowers sprouts. Who are these women, and what was the nature of their relationship with the plant?