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I would appreciate it if any of the members of this group can shed any light on the possible origin of this silver clip... sorry for the bad quality of the photo....

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Comment by Stefany Tomalin on July 12, 2015 at 15:12

yes,  Mapuche from south America- Chile, Peru or Ecuador, etc.

Years ago i used to have a whole set including pendants, cloak pins, and chain necklaces. i finally identified them from searching through books. they are quite grand! the symbolism may include christian crosses, but on mine, like yours, the birds appeared more important.

Comment by Stefany Tomalin on July 12, 2015 at 15:00

this is a traditional pendant from Peru.

when i get to my notes i will find the name of the tribe.

Comment by Peter Hoesli on July 12, 2015 at 12:58
Dear Penny; This is a wonderful piece. I believe that it is originating from Chile or maybe also Bolivia. I have seen once a similar piece in Jerusalem and while I did not purchase it then (it was terribly expensive), I researched it accordingly. This should be high silver - both Chile and Bolivia are known for their silver. With kind regards. Peter


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