Tupu pins

1400-1500

Object

Culture

Country

Object Info

Object: pin; tupu
Currently on view
Object ID: 1995.318.1-2

Medium/Technique

gold

Credit

Anonymous gift

More Info

Dimensions

height: 5 7/8 in, 14.9225 cm; width: 2 1/4 in, 5.715 cm; depth: 1/16 in, 0.1588 cm

Department

New World

Collection

New World-Pre-Columbian

Known Provenance

Gifted 28 December 1995 by an anonymous donor to the Denver Art Museum. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

Extended Info

Tupus, metal stick pins with flat, round heads, were used throughout the Inca empire to fasten women’s tubular dresses at the shoulders. A chain threaded through the small holes would have connected the two. These pins were worn one on each shoulder and positioned vertically, with the heads down.
-- Julie Wilson Frick, 2017