Pre-Columbian, northern Peru, Moche, ca. 300 to 600 CE. Quite spectacular pair of gilded copper tupus - a type of pin used to hold cloaks closed. Each features twisted pins atop sits three flower petals or nests with bird resting atop. Quite rare! Size: 7-1/4"L (18.4 cm).
Condition: Encrusted surface, four birds reattached at top, one missing.
Provenance: Ex-private Houston, TX collection acquired locally at auction or art gallery between 1984 and 1999.
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