Silver; L. 21 in. (53.3 cm), L. 21 7/8 in. (55.6 cm)
Bequest of Martha A. Zalles, 1978 (1978.303.5,.6)
One of the most persistent aspects of Andean culture is women's use of large silver pins to ornament and fasten their garments. Some, worn in pairs (and called tupus), are intended to be inserted vertically to attach their robes at each shoulder. Others (called tipquis) are worn singly and inserted horizontally to hold together the corners of their mantles (1994.35.67; 08.108.10).