Attractive Inca shawl pin with a flat discoid head and a long shaft. The disc head with a small hole, possibly for attaching a thread to prevent losing the needle.
Tupus, or shawl pins, are a traditional accessory to female Inca clothing. All women's outer garments were fastened with shawl pins, so today archaeologists can usually take the shawl pin as an easy signifier of the sex of mummies or statuettes.
The pins were also ceremonial items. Their use extended to the entire highland culture including the Inca and Tihuanaco.
Peru, Inca culture, 1400-1500 AD
L. 18.9 cm (7.4 in)
Intact and fine.
German art market, July 2006 sale.
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.