Carved rock abstract puma shape, Qenko, Cuzco, Peru, South America.
Carved rock forms an abstract puma shape at Qenko. The large limestone outcrop of Qenko was an important Inca huaca (or waqa, a revered object, in Quechua language). Qenko is a 20 minute walk from Sacsayhuaman, on Socorro hill, 4 km from Cuzco (Cusco or Qosqo), in Peru, South America. Beneath Qenko are several tunnels and caves, replete with impressive carved niches and steps, which may have been places for spiritual contemplation and communication with the forces of life and earth. Qenko was carved with a complex pattern of steps, seats, geometric reliefs, and puma designs. The name Qenko derives from the Quechua word quenqo, meaning "labyrinth" or "zigzag," referring to patterns laboriously carved into the upper, western edge of the stone. The three main layers of the Inca cosmos are: sky (condor), earth (puma), and the underworld (snake).Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download