Beadwork chain, perhaps a bridle piece for a horse - ROM2015_14449_36


Beadwork chain, perhaps a bridle piece for a horse

Medium:Polychrome glass beads, netted beadwork, and tassels
Geography: Mexico
Date: 1850-1899
2 x 84 cm
Object number: 2002.19.22
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. Kent Newcomb. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestée par la Commission canadienne d'examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
Not on view

Beaded strap with beaded inscription: SIRVO A MARIA GUADALUPE RODRIGO (I SERVE MARIA GUADALUPE RODRIGO). Trimmed with tassels and padded oval ends, it displays six-point flowers or stars, plants, and birds.

Glass beads were brought to Mexico by Spanish colonizers in the 16th century. Admired by indigenous peoples for their brilliance and colour, beads became a valuable commodity. During the 19th century, Mexican beadwork reached its peak. Men had elegant hatbands and beaded cigar cases. Women wore flat, ribbon-like necklaces, often inscribed with the wearer's name. Crosses, medallions, or small pouches containing holy relics were hung on them. Bags, purses, and card cases displayed floral designs and eye-catching scenes.

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