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Cactus figural brooch


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Gold-plated metal, enamel, glass

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This gold-plated figural brooch features a Mexican woman standing beside a tall cactus and carrying a large basket of fruit on her head. She wears a red and white rhinestone-studded checkered blouse with wide, puffed sleeves, and a red and blue enamel skirt with floral embroidery.


Between about 1970s and 2018, acquired by Carole Tanenbaum, Toronto, Ontario [see note]; 2018, gift of Carole Tanenbaum to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 12, 2018)

NOTE: This is part of a large collection of costume jewelry given to the MFA in 2018, which had been built over about 40 years.

Credit Line

Gift of Carole Tanenbaum