Inka


Intro to the Inka
The Inka empire spanned from Ecuador to Chile, and was connected by a road system used for official business only.

Introduction to the Inka


Detail, Keru Vessel, Inka, lacquered wood, Colonial, Peru (Brooklyn Museum) Keru Cup. Inka. Colonial. Wood; lacquered, 7 3/8 x 6 15/16inches / 18.7 x 17.6cm (Brooklyn Museum)
Although this vessel depicts a royal Inka couple, it was produced after the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors.

Keru Vessel


These receptacles held liquid offerings, the surface of the liquid were eyes that saw into the underworld.

Inka stone vessels


A well-known ushnu site, Vilcashuaman was a major Inka administrative centre on the main Inka road running along the Andes mountain chain and down to the coast. © Trustees of the British Museum
Sites for ritual activity, ushnus occupied the best real estate, chosen for their views of snow-capped mountains.

What is an Inka ushnu?




All-T’oqapu Tunic
Andean cultures had long valued textiles, but they were especially significant and finely-made in the Inka Empire.

All-T’oqapu Tunic


Machu Picchu
The Inka emperor hosted feasts, performed religious ceremonies, and ruled his empire from this remote citadel.

Machu Picchu


Maize cobs, Inka, c. 1440–1533, Sheet metal/repoussé, metal alloys, 25.7 x 6 x 9 cm (Ethnological Museum, Berlin) (photo: Ethnological Museum, Berlin, CC BY-NC-SA)
A life-size metallic garden at the Qorikancha included these corn cobs, llamas, and other offerings.

Maize cobs



Cusco
It has been argued that Cusco was laid out in the shape of a puma, symbolizing Inka might.

City of Cusco