The Story of Coca in the Andes begins with the myth of "Kuka", an Inca legend of a beautiful who used her irresistible appearance and charm to take advantage and control of many Inca men.
Word of this treacherous woman reached back to the the Inca Ruler who ordered the woman be sacrificed, cutting her into parts, and planting her in the earth.
From her graves sprouted Coca bushes which the Inca found to give enormous strength and vitality while also relieving pain. This plant was adopted as a tool for divination and was used and cultivated only by the Elites.
This is a pre-Colombian Lime vessel which was used by Quimbaya elites to store lime as a regent of coca. This Poporos is extremely ornate and valuable, reflecting the pre-colombian elite nature of the substance.
Below the Poporos is a contemporary Colombian coin, which represents the Lime storage container as a symbol of Colombian antiquity and greatness.