The art of being Diaguita

The Diaguita’s emblematic stone fascinated the Inkas

Combarbalite, a local stone found nowhere else on earth, was of great interest to the Inkas. They valued it because it came in a variety of colors, was easy to work with and to polish, and had been extracted from the same sites for centuries by the Diaguita, who used it to make different objects. During the Inka period the Diaguita began making combarbalite containers that replicated Inka forms. This fusion of traditions served the Inkas by communicating their control over the conquered lands and imposing their hegemony upon them.