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Life-Size Articulated Snake EMILIA "MIMI" CASTILLO


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Directory: Archives: Decorative Art: Pre 2000: Item # 1135149
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Designed by the noted Taxco, Mexico silversmith, Emilia (Mimi) Castillo, of the Castillo family, this marvelous articulated serpent measures just over 40" long, and is constructed of 45 separate pieces. Silver plated (marked plateado), it is signed under the head with Emilia's makers mark and registry numbers. In excellent condition, with some light tarnish. Each segment is deeply stamped with v shaped marks, indicating scales, or possibly feathers in a reference to Quetzacoatl, the mythological plumed serpent of Mexican culture. The pin connecting the segments extends above and below the body, and makes it easy to change positions, as it "floats" above the surface. The photo of the snake's head shows its rather friendly demeanor. Smaller articulated figures, particularly fish, have long been created by Mexican silversmiths, but the size and form here are unusual and could have been a commissioned piece.