The residents of Machu Picchu had a wide variety of jewelry. For the women, the prenedor (tupu) was a principal piece of jewelry in everyday dress. The shape and composition of the women’s tupus tell us about their social status and ethnic origin. Necklaces, bracelets, and ornaments that were sewn to the headdresses were used often. Some of these objects, like the depiladores or knives, were pierced in order to be used like pendants.


  • Title: Tupu
  • Creator: Inca culture
  • Location: Cusco
  • Physical Dimensions: Largo: 19.7 cm. Diametro placa: 88.05 mm. Diámetro aguja: 3.27 mm. Peso: 27.9 gr.
  • Provenance: Cusco
  • Type: Metallurgy
  • Rights: Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco. UNSAAC
  • Medium: Forjado y laminado
  • Materiales: Plata
  • Fecha: S. XV
  • Cultura/Estilo: Inca

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