CASA MAYA MEXICAN COPPER ENAMEL BRASS KISS BRACELET
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All Items: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Pre 1970: item # 1116773
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|Possibly the most sought after creation in Casa Maya's copper, brass and green enamel line the habitually referred to as "The Kiss" design is characterized by a bold, crazy "Carmen Miranda" attitude. Yet it seems that the bracelet's two figures are most probably pre-Colombian noblemen and according to Hargrove even representations of the great 7th c. CE king Pakal of Palenque (see Sandy Hargrove, Maya Mexico Jewelry, p. 62 ). Wrought out of hand-hammered copper and brass the two figures form the bracelet's wings, their lips almost touching as they meet in the center front. Please note the teardrop dangle beneath them and the highly stylized, enameled hairdo. A truly stunning bracelet and a definite statement piece it has an inner circumference of 7" with its width tapering between 1 3/4" and 1 1/2" while the dangle adds a 2 3/4" drop to it. Not marked yet definitely a MAYA piece - it was not unusual for MAYA not to hallmark all pieces in a parure; I have had this specific design bracelet two or three times in the past and feel quite confident in the attribution. Dating in the 1950s-60s and in excellent vintage condition with very good patina and just a very small, narrow scratch in the green enamel (you can see it in the 3rd photo, in the dark green "lobe" of the hairdo closest to the dangle); it is almost imperceptible and does not attract attention at all.|