What An Exceptional Example of Andean Culture And Traditional Ornament This Fine Antique Silver ( tests as 92.5-95 % pure with XRF) Tupu is!! This Adorable Silver Tupu or Mantle Pin Was Once Synonymous With An Andean Womens Costume. Originally Used To Secure The Traditional Andean Shawl Around The Shoulders of The Wearer
And a More Popular Motif Than The Peacock Would be Hard to Find! This Delicately Cast Silver Treasure Has Been Hand-Worked After Casting Creating a Most Magnificent Model of a Proud Male Peacock Fanning His Feathers in all His Glory. Flanked by Scrolling Foilage to Either Side And Below This Majestic Image Was Made Through Skillful Passion. The Separately Cast Silver Shaft Forms a Y- Shape Terminating Each Side With a Scrolling Loop. The Neck of The Shaft Exhibits Two Further Peacock Profiles Joined at The Head And The Feet With a Hollowed Centre. The Head And Shaft Collectively Support Four (4) Chains That Terminate in Milagro. A Fish, a Dove a Coin And What Apprars to be a Viscacha. The Verso Has a Pin That Runs Diagonally Across The Head And Below Are Two (2) Hand Wrought Rivets That Secure The Head To The Shaft And The Peacock Profiles To The Shaft. Aside From General Wear Associated With Use This Silver Tupu is in Excellent Condition. Of Coarse Some of The Milagro Chains May Be Later Replacements. This Superb Example Most Likely Originates From Peru And Will Enhance Any Collection it Becomes Part of.
This Silver Tupu Measures 25.5 cm High
This Silver Tupu Weighs 71 Grams
I Would Date This Silver Tupu To The 19th Century- Circa 1800-1899
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Amazing Andean Silver Tupu - Mantle Pin - Ttipqui Colonial 19th Century