The Testimony of Hands

68.43.69, two metal buttons

68.43.69, two metal buttons, 15 millimeters (0.6 inch) tall
San Gabriel de Yunque (A.D. 1598–1610)
UNM field school collection
Photograph by B. Bernard

Buttons such as these two, designed to stand out on clothing, were common on Renaissance period European clothing. A portrait of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, painted about 34 years before the founding of San Gabriel, shows highly similar buttons at the top and bottom of his jerkin.

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