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Silver male deity statue, Peruvian.

Silver male deity statue, Peruvian.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm


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. Dimensions: 114mm x 32mm.

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