Explore the CollectionBreastplate

86.5cm x 48.5cm
Place of Origin
Historical Period/Date
20th Century (1970-1999 Late)/1970s
Registration Number
Appliqué,Metal Thread Embroidery,
Bibs,Ceremonial Textiles,Costume Accessories - Men,

Physical Description

A large Peruvian collar, man's bib or breastplate. The central design depicts a man with flowing black hair in a long frock coat, breeches, boots and a hat, carrying a sword and riding a grey horse. Either side of the horse and rider are two exotic birds with long tail feathers. There are flying fish on either side of the neck opening. The background is covered with padded flowers and leaves, beads and sequins. There are three fairly large round mirrors, each ringed with sequins standing upright to make a frame. The embroidery on a blue satin ground is in appliqué and surface sitchery with many applied wrapped and padded shapes. These appear to be of cardboard or felt and are wrapped in brightly coloured silks and silver thread. There are sequins, glass beads and mirrors. The embroidery is backed with white, loosely woven cotton fabric over which newspaper (Spanish language) has been pasted.

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