"Toro itinerante de Pucará: Embajador del Altiplano Peruano" exhibition in Vienna

The opening will take place on June 12th from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

May 27th, 2024
Sofiia Bartnovska, News from Berlin
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The "Torito de Pucará" is a celebrated example of Pucareña craftsmanship, representing the rich cultural heritage of the town of Pucará in the Puno region of Peru. These ceramic bulls have become iconic in their own right, with a fascinating backstory rooted in the region's history and traditions.

Historically, the ceramic artisans of Pucará were inspired by the cattle and plowing bulls brought by the Spaniards, which were distinct from the traditional animals of the Inca Empire, such as llamas, vicuñas, and alpacas. These new animals, observed on various haciendas across the Puno altiplano, motivated the local potters to create objects in the form of "amulets." These amulets were similar in function to the ancestral "Conopas," which were figurines of llamas, vicuñas, and alpacas used in various ceremonies and rituals. The "Torito de Pucará" thus became a fusion of indigenous and Spanish influences, embodying both cultural adaptation and artistic expression.

The exhibition of the "Torito de Pucará" features fifty original pieces of this traditional craft, generously donated by associations of Pucareño artisans dedicated to preserving and continuing this art form.



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