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Ornamental Tweezers

Tarascan (P’urépecha)

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Although tweezers also may have been used for plucking hair, they mainly served as status symbols in P’urépecha (Tarascan) society. Such tweezers were worn as insignia by the petamuti, or high priest. Metalworking techniques and metal artifact types—including tweezers—were first introduced into Mesoamerica from South and Central America via west Mexico.

Aunque las pinzas eran principalmente símbolos de estatus en la sociedad P’urépecha (Tarasca), en la cual el petamuti (el sacerdote principal) las usaba como insignias, también tenían fines depilatorios. Las técnicas de metalurgia y las herramientas de metal, entre las cuales se incluyen las pinzas, fueron primero introducidas a Mesoamérica desde América Central y del Sur a través del oeste mexicano.

Ornamental Tweezers, Silver, Tarascan (P’urépecha)

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