There seems a link between Chavín religion and appearance of the Andes' first large, precious metal objects. Chavín perhaps introduced revolutionary innovations in metalworking to express the "wholly other" nature of its religion. Elites wore the ornaments as emblems of their ties to this religion and were eventually buried with them. These objects may come from the same group as two now in Washington, D.C.
Spoons may have been used during rituals to snuff hallucinogens or to ingest the powdered lime with which coca leaves are chewed. The hollow handles contain pellets that rattle.