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Woman's Breast Ornaments

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
  • Place Made: Chile
  • DATES late 19th-early 20th century
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 36.929a-b
    CREDIT LINE Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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
    IMAGE overall, 36.929a-b_bw_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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 "sik├╝ll" (Mapuche) and is worn on the side of the chest. Part "c" was lost/deaccessioned 1969 (see 36.929c)
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    Womans Breast Ornaments