Woman's Breast Ornaments
On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
late 19th-early 20th century
a: 11 x 4 3/16 in. (27.9 x 10.6 cm.)
b: 11 7/8 x 2 5/8 in. (30.2 x 6.7 cm.) (show scale)
Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund
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Mapuche. Woman's Breast Ornaments, late 19th-early 20th century. Silver, a: 11 x 4 3/16 in. (27.9 x 10.6 cm.). Brooklyn Museum, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, 36.929a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 36.929a-b_bw_SL1.jpg)
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A breast ornament originally consisting of 3 parts (a-c). The larger of the two ornaments (36.929b) is called a "trapelakucha" (Mapuche). "Trapel" means chest or pecho (Spanish) and "akucha" (Mapuche) means pin or aguja (Spanish). This ornament is worn by women at the center of the chest with the pin attaching the two ends of the shawl. The smaller, narrower ornament (36.929a) is called "siküll" (Mapuche) and is worn on the side of the chest. Part "c" was lost/deaccessioned 1969 (see 36.929c)
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