This is a magnificent early Mexican silver pendant necklace that features a fantastical image of the Aztec God Quetzalcoatl, the feathered bird/serpent. Quetzalcoatl was a favorite theme of many of the early Taxco silver artists, among them William Spratling, who were struck by the dynamism of pre-Columbian designs. This pendant was purchased in Taxco in the 1930s, according to the son of the woman who owned it, whose estate he was selling. Completely unsigned, as was common for many 1930s era items, it features a stupendous 4 1/2 inch wide front piece of two silver wings with a huge three-dimensional pyrite stone face at the center; chips of red, green, and yellow quartz stones dot the face in strategic places and glints of pyrite glitter from the stone. Amazing! Two Mexican fire opals are set at the center of the two larger top ‘wings’ and two small red coral beads are placed in the open space between the top and bottom wings. Three pyrite emblazoned dangles form the bottom of the pendant. The open work circles, at the top and bottom of the pyrite dangles, appear to be brass; this mixed metal detailing is also found in the small round open work circles atop the top wing. The hand riveted heavy chain that supports the pendant is a marvel of craftsmanship – the links resemble abstract feathers and the quality of the riveted construction on the reverse is evident. This stunner closes with a generous tongue in box clasp, atop which is a bezel set pyrite. The entire pendant, when clasped, measures 13 1/2 inches long. The front piece measures 4 1/2 inches wide and two and three-quarter inches long; with the dangles it measures 3 1/4 inches long. The chain is 11 inches long on each side and composed of 12 links per side. The necklace acid tests as at least Sterling (.925) and it might be higher, but I’m not sure of that. The entire necklace weighs a whopping 176g or 6.2oz. WOW! The condition is excellent – very well cared for all these years. I have left it unpolished but will polish, if requested, by the buyer. It has a lovely patina. This is one of the most phenomenal pieces I’ve had the pleasure to offer – the craftsmanship, the attention to detail, the design – an unparalleled one-of-a-kind masterpiece! This is a collectors Must Have! An heirloom quality piece. $975.00

ITEM ID
0241
ITEM TYPE
Vintage
COLOR
Orange, Silver

Kate's Classic Costume Jewelry

Early Mexico Silver Necklace/Pendant – Feathered Serpent – Massive 176g – Fabulous

$975

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