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Mating Camelids.  Ceramic libation vessel, Bolivia, 19th century or before.  In the Altiplano region of the Andes, when Llamas and Alpacas were mated, they were carefully selected and dressed in  ...
Mating Camelids.  Ceramic libation vessel, Bolivia, 19th century or before.  In the Altiplano region of the Andes, when Llamas and Alpacas were mated, they were carefully selected and dressed in  ...
Mating Camelids. Ceramic libation vessel, Bolivia, 19th century or before. In the Altiplano region of the Andes, when Llamas and Alpacas were mated, they were carefully selected and dressed in special "costumes" which often included a bundle of precious heirloom textiles tied to the back of the male. These adornments are believed to be essential in helping to insure a proper blending of the bloodlines and successful breeding. Special rituals accompanied each breeding session and libation vessels like this were employed to fete the ancestors and spirit helpers thought to assist on such occasions. The head of the male camelid figure in this vessel is broken and missing. The relatively smooth surface at the brake indicates a long and constant use for this vessel, even after the break. In Aymara culture, heirloom textiles and other treasured objects are thought to lend great power to these ceremonial occasions. This vessel is one such object.
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