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Silver male deity statue, Peruvian.

 
Silver male deity statue, Peruvian.
4 0 c m
 
35cm
actual image size: 27cm x 32cm

Description

This statue of a long eared figure has a little bump in his left cheek indicating that he is chewing coca. In South America chewing coca leaves ('Erythroxylum coca') is a traditional way of staving off hunger and exhaustion, and the stimulant effect helps to numb pain and fatigue. The Incas also used mind-affecting drugs in medical-religious ceremonies.

Image Details

Image Ref.
 
10285103

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