A South American Silver Tupu or Shawl Pin: Bolivian?SOLD

This ornate and unusual item is, in fact, a shawl pin. It is from the Andes, probably Bolivia but it might also be Peruvian. It is set with a large coloured stone. It measures approximately 40cm long. It is circa 1880.

Andean women used these ornate pins to fasten their cloaks or attach shawls to their clothing. Sometimes they are found in pairs of smaller examples, but this one is a large single example. It is in excellent condition, and finely made. Many of these are rather crude in manufacture, but this one is elegantly chased and of charming design. 

Type: Jewellery
Function: Jewelry
Country: Bolivia

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