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Breast Ornament

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CULTURE Mapuche
MEDIUM Silver, wool?
  • Place Made: Chile
  • DATES 18th-19th century
    DIMENSIONS 12 x 4 x 1/2 in. (30.5 x 10.2 x 1.3 cm)
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 36.933
    CREDIT LINE Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Silver breast ornament or "trapelakucha" in Mapuche worn by women on the center of their chests. This ornament consists of two trapezoidal plaques joined by long, tubular silver beads threaded with red wool(?) yarn. The top plaque is decorated with an incised "X" design and the larger, bottom plaque has a human face in high relief framed by an incised "X" design. The bottom plaque is also decorated with six triangular silver danglers.
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