Old Silver Tupo or Shawl Pin

The indigenous women and girls of the Andes in Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru fasten their shawls with beautiful clasps called tupos, or topos. The tupo usually identifies the wearer's area of residence and is an important part of cultural significance for indigenous Andean women and girls. This fine tupo is formed from high content silver and features the sun with a full face in the center. The imagery is a wonderful melding of colonial design and indegenous art with the sun God, Inti featured. Tupos are rarely seen anymore, having been replaced with large safety pins, making this a rare and wonderful treasure.

Measurement: 6" long

#23236     $195


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