Art of the Ancient Americas
Artist: Unknown

Kero (Ceremonial Drinking Vessel)


Wood (chonta) and lacquer

22.1 × 15.5 cm (8 11/16 × 6 1/8 in.)
other (Diameter of base): 10.6 cm(4 3/16 in.)
Gift of the grandchildren of George Hewitt Myers, B.A. 1898, M.F. 1902
Central Andes, Peru
Central Andes, Colonial Inca
Colonial Period
Containers - Wood

Deposited by George Hewitt Myers at the Yale University Art Gallery in 1939, upon death of George Hewitt Myers, all tangible property was passed on to his wife, Louise Chase Myers, and upon her death, all tangible property was passed to her and George Hewitt Myers’ grandchildren.


Richard L. Burger and Lucy C. Salazar, eds., Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Inca, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2004), 214–15, no. 194, ill.

Sotheby’s France, Paris, Le Soleil de Nuit : Trésors Précolombiens d‘une Grande Collection Française, sale cat. (October 30, 2019), 154–55, lot 58, ill.

Susan B. Matheson, “The George Hewitt Myers Collection of Peruvian Antiquities,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2014): 82.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.