Mascapaicha

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Sapa Inca Huascar wearing the Mascapaicha.

The Mascaipacha was the royal crown of the Emperor of the Tahuantinsuyo, more commonly known as the Inca Empire.

The Mascaipacha was the imperial symbol, worn only by the Sapa Inca as King of Cusco and Emperor of the Tahuantinsuyo, it was a chaplet made of layers of many-coloured braid, from which hung the latu, a fringe of the finest red wool, with red tassels fixed to gold tubes. It was decorated with gold threads and a tuft bearing two or three upright feathers from the mountain caracara, a sacred bird called Corequenque in Spanish, it was the physical expression of ultimate political power in the Inca Empire. In some ceremonies the Sapa Inca carried the Mascaipacha in his hand, while he wore a war head-dress (a feather-decorated helmet).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baudin, p. 73
  • Baudin, L. (1961) Daily Life in Peru under the Last of the Incas, Macmillan.
  • Gustavo Pons Muzzo, Historia del Peru, Editorial Universo S.A., Lima 1981. ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)