DescriptionPair of Early Mochica Tumbaga Tupus with Birds
C. 200 BC-400 AD
7" and 7¼" Long
The tupus, or clothing pins, are cast with a rope design midsection mounted with a set of three capped cones, each surmounted with a small bird. The castings are made in a depletion gilding method where citric acid was used to dissolve impurities and allow the gold content to become more exposed. The pins each have verdigris patina and one tupu with all three birds reattached, the other with one bird still originally attached, another re-glued, and one missing.
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500.
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