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tupu (pin)
  • Peru
  • tupu (pin), 1700s–1800s
  • Where object was made: Porcon, Cajamarca department, Peru
  • metal, glass, engraving
  • Object Height/Width: 16 x 5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 6 1/4 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Julian Holtzman
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4541

The hatpin is made from a silver-colored metal. The top of the pin is a small spoon shape. The inside has an engraved bird turned to its side, with its head turned back over its body and one wing raised up slightly. Below the bird is an engraved flower with six petals that has a large oval shaped leaf on either side. At the bottom of the spoon on either side is a smaller spoon shape that has curved lines engraved inside. In between those two shapes is a round piece of dark blue glass held on with short prongs. On the facing left side, attached through small holes in the smaller spoon shape are two thin chains each with a small pendant. The outer pendant has a circular center at the top with three loops around it and short points on the outer sides and below that is a short rectangular extension with horizontal stripes. The other pendant appears to be a bird with its wings at its sides. The pendant is attached so that the head points downward. The stem of the hatpin is a long pointed extension from the spoon. The back of the pin is undecorated.