An important late 18th / early 19th century Spanish colonial oil on canvas painting - Mama Huaco, Inca Mother and Wife of God. Mama Huaco was the Inca goddess of fertility, a powerful female chieftain warrior and the first Inca Coya. She is both the sister and wife of Manco Capac, and together they founded the city of Cuzco which later became the capital of the Inca empire. In this rendering she is flanked by a pair of hunchbacked slaves.
Displayed in a fine quality period gilt-wood frame. Inscribed in Quechua along the left edge:
'Mama Huaco Coya, Greyna. Madre y Muger d Nanco Capacling, O Rey del Peru'
Mama Huaco, Queen, Wife, Mother and Woman of Manco Capac, King of Peru'.
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Dimensions: overall framed dimension s: 23.75 inches x 20 inches. Canvas measures 19.5 inches x 16.5 inches.
Condition: in overall good condition. Original canvas and stretchers. Old repairs. Patch in canvas visible from verso.
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