How were these used?
vessels by the Inca were all intended for ceremonial purposes. Rituals for
fertility and protection occurred throughout the Andes, where farming, herding,
and trade were key aspects of life. These ritual vessels were filled with
offerings of llama fat, shells, coca leaves, etc. and buried in animal corrals
to promote animal fertility. All of these vessels come from the Inca, who built
an empire that encompassed nearly the entirety of the Andean highlands and coast
until the arrival of the Spanish.