(Moche Culture, Cup, AD 100- 800)
In the Andean region, there was a close connection between the ritual taking and displaying of human heads and agricultural fertility. This small cup would have been used in place of an actual head during rituals.
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Condition Report by Gabriela Aguilar, Barrick Staff