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Maize cobs, Inca

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Joyce Han

on 24 January 2016

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Transcript of Maize cobs, Inca

Identification
Artist: unknown
Title: Maize cobs
Date: 1440-1533 C.E.
Patron: unknown
Country of origin: Cusco, Peru
Art historical period/ Culture: unknown
original Location: Ethnological Museum, Berlin
Size/Scale: 25.7 x 6 x 9 cm
Function
- the sculpture was placed in a temple
- for both worships and occasions
- the maize is a decoration to the temple
- maize was one of the most important food sources in the Inca empire and therefore they created the sculpture to worship the supernatural forces that allowed fertility
- the sculpture was also used in ritual practiced and political events






Form
Maize cobs, Inca
Basic information
Context
- Inca civilization created many sculptures in metal.
- maize cob is an example of the Inca artwork.
- this artwork was created before the spanish conquest of the Inca empire.
- therefore, this artwork reminded people of the Inca culture and power.
Content
The Incas created a life size garden in the Qorikancha, significant temple of the Inca. Within this garden made of gold and silver corn, flowers, animals and people. Maize cob was one of the sculptures that were placed inside the temple as a decoration.
- By using gold and silver, most expensive and precious resources, as the material, they put emphasis on the importance of food sources.
- Incas preferred naturalistic form of art, usually in small-scale, than abstract and geometric art.
- size of the grain of the corn varies, which depicts a more realistic
- lines on the leaves of the corn
- size of the sculpture itself (life size)
- this artwork depicts maize cobs that are made of a combination of metal and gold.
- it represents wealth and power of Inca civilization before the fall to the Spanish Empire.
- corn cobs represent Inca's control over the region.
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