Medium: Tumbaga (gold and copper alloy)
Dimensions: 8 x 4 1/8 in. (20.3 x 10.5 cm)
Museum Location: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The Americas’ First Peoples, 4000 B.C.E.–1521 C.E.
Accession Number: 35.507
Image: 35.507_female_SL1.jpg,female side
Catalogue Description: Gold container or poporo used to hold powdered lime made from burnt seashells. The vessel is decorated with male and female figures on opposite sides to reflect the importance of duality in the Andean world. Powdered lime was placed in the mouth with coca leaves to activate the stimulant in the leaves. Condition: excellent.