Antique Mapuche Runi Broach

$ 525.00

  • Antique Mapuche Broach Ornament
  • Traditional Mapuche Woman's Runi Broach Ornament, worn attached to a necklace or pinned to a jacket/shawl.
  • The chime/bell shape, resembling the indigenous Angel's Trumpet flower, not only invokes associations with feminine beauty and fertility, but also serves to ward off attack by pillanes, sometimes mischievous spirits, and more importantly, wekufes, or malicious demons and spirits.
  • The abstracted female shapes are believed to bring fertility and protection to exepectant mothers.
  • 60% Silver by acid assay
  • Approx. 16" long.
  • Origin is Mapuche people of Southern Chile, ca. 1920.