Antique Inca Conch Trumpet (Pututu)

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Seller: weston9066 (127) 100%, Location: Canyon Country, California, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 333281205282 Pre-Columbian, Inca, Central Peru, 1300-1500 CE. Pututu is a Quechua word meaning snail. This particular pututu was a classically Andean conch trumpet made of the adult Strombus galeatus shell. Conch shell trumpets were revered by the Inca as instruments of war since these shells can emit such grandiose, bellowing tones. For this reason, these instruments known as kepa, khueppa, or qhueppa were highly sought after by the Inca. According to scholars, the ancients would travel great distances by raft from Peru to the warmer waters of Panama to trade gold, silver and other treasures for Strombus galleatus conch shells. This example boasts handsome natural contours. In addition a thin llama hide cord is attached for suspension along with a hand woven strap. These are circa 1968.Sounds great. 6"L x 4-1/2"W at widest x 3 1/2"DWeight: 28 oz Provenance: Sacred Valley of the Inca. Pisac, PeruI acquired this during my travels across the Peruvian Andes back in 1968. It came from a private collection owned by Pisac's Mayor.Similar Pututus have sold at auction in excess of $2,000. Condition: Excellent. Ancient and in beautiful condition., Provenance: Pisac,Peru, Material: Shell

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