For sale here is a SUPERB vintage 1950s 60s entirely handmade 'metales casados' (married metals) original bowl/artwork in a design of the two famous mountains outside Mexico City, the volcanos Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl.
The legendary story of these two mountains is considered to be the pre-Columbian equivalent of the story of Romeo and Juliet. Izta and Popo (as they are affectionately known in Mexico City) were named after a Tlaxcala princess and her warrior suitor, who were promised to each other if the warrior came back victorious from a war against the Aztecs. While he was away, a jealous rival of Popo told Izta that Popo had died in a battle, and Izta was inconsolate and died from grief. When the very much alive Popo came back from the battle to find she had died he wandered the streets out of his mind with grief. As the story goes, he decided to build her a massive tomb and lay her body at the top where he stood guard through eternity. Over the years the tomb was covered with earth and snow until it became the two mountain peaks that are there today. A romantic fiction, of course, but nevertheless quite stirring!
This masterwork of mixed metals is on the level of the finest metales casados produced in Mexico in the midcentury comparable to the best of the Victoria and Los Castillo talleres! It measures 9-1/2" in diameter and stands 2" tall at the rim when laid flat. It weighs 545 grams total or just under 19-1/4 ounces. Unmarked, but from the subject matter I am guessing that it was made by a metalsmith in the Mexico City area rather than Taxco. It has acquired a lovely patina over the years which is marred only by the occasional dark spot which I haven't touched at all. Excellent vintage condition with the above caveat and as shown - please view the photos, read the description, and ask all questions prior to purchase. I am open to reasonable offers from serious buyers.
SUPERB Vintage 1950s 60s Metales Casados Mexican Modernist Volcanos Mexico City Bowl ARTWORK
$495 25% Off
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