tiara

tiara

circa 1730
Country
Colombia, Ecuador
tiara
Gilt silver with emeralds, pearls and glass.
Bequest of Robert J. Stroessner
1992.74
Unknown Artist, Tiara. Colombia or Ecuador, about 1730. Gilt silver with emeralds, pearls, and glass, 2 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. Bequest of Robert J. Stroessner; 1992.74
Dimensions
height: 2.5 in, 6.3500 cm; width: 5.5 in, 13.9700 cm; depth: 3.75 in, 9.5250 cm; height: 4 in, 10.16 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

Upper-class women in colonial Latin America wore elaborate tiaras and hair ornaments encrusted with jewels, such as this one that contains pearls and emeralds. Elements of this tiara, including a "C-scroll" motif in the goldwork point to an 18th century date however overall construction technique perhaps points to a later date of manufacture.
     Prior to the arrival of Europeans, native peoples of Latin America mined jade, emeralds, and other gemstones, often fashioning them into beads. Around 1600, the Spanish began mining in Muzo, Colombia, extracting extremely high-quality emeralds that came to be coveted around the world. Pearls and coral were so readily available in Mexico and South America that women of all classes wore multistrand pearl and coral bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.  
-- Donna Pierce & Julie Wilson Frick, 2015

Known Provenance
Bequest of Robert Stroessner 11 March 1992 to the Denver Art Museum. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.
Exhibition History
  • “ReVision: Art in the Americas” — Denver Art Museum, 2/16/2020 – 11/8/2020