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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: 11 x 3 cm
    Object Height/Width: 4 5/16 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Julian Holtzman
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4542

The hatpin is made from a silver-colored metal. The top is in the shape of a sunburst or pointed flower with engraved lines in each point. In the center of that shape is a slightly raised center that is engraved with a human face. Below that is a "U" shape with small circles at either end. Below that is a small piece of dark blue glass that is attched with short prongs. On either side of the glass piece are two oval shapes. Attached to the facing left oval shape are two very short chains, each with a small pendant. The left pendant is shaped like a small fork with three prongs. The other pendant is shaped like a small bowl or a disc with an indented center. Approximately half the length of the piece is the pin, which is thin and pointed at the end. The back of the hatpin is undecorated.