Ceremonial: Mapuche Silver Head Ornament (Trarilongko) Silver Clothes Pin (Tupu), Chile #380
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380. Description: Vintage Mapuche Silver Head Piece (Trarilongko) with Silver Clothes Pin (Tupu) from Chile. The Tratilongko is 23” long, has some 40 silver dangles some with small circles, and weighs about 16 oz. It is in excellent condition. The cloths pin is solid silver and is 7” long and in excellent condition as well. All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold.
Silverwork is one of the best known and most traditional crafts associated with the Mapuche people. As is known today, the development f metal work in this culture dates back to the 15th century. According to archaeological and historical evidence as well as chronicles that mention weapons and adornments made of copper, silver and gold, the Mapuche already knew the techniques of casting and lamination by hot and cold percussion before the arrival of the Spanish.
However it was not until the colonial period (15th-18th Centuries) that silver became one of the preferred materials used by the Mapuche artisans and silversmiths. During the 18th and 19th centuries, production was intensified and diversified as it included the women’s trousseau, true work of art itself consist of earrings (chaway, chaguai or chawaik usually of trapezoidal shape and very large in size), headbands (trarilongko, trariloncok, from which hang coins or small round plates), bracelets, hanging necklaces (killai), pectoral pendants (such as the sukill, ewquil, sikiil, also known as mainmatue; the sukill akucham sequil acucha, a three chain brooch; and the trapelakucha, trapelacucha, which ends in the shape of a cross), clothes pins (the tupu and the katawe), rings (iwelkuk, ihuelcuc), brooches with spherical heads, bead collar (llankatu, llancatu) and neck sashes ( traripel, made of silver and wool). (Source: Lands of wind)
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