Measuring 4 3/4" by 2 7/8", this dramatic belt buckle is by the workshop of Casa Maya of Mexico City. Dating to the 1950's, this taller created quality jewelry, often in copper and brass, with added stones or enamel, and was known for utilizing the designs of Hubert Harmon, whose works were fairly rare, and often in silver. This belt is dramatic and has a typical precolumbian motif, with a central ceramic face with a copper and brass head adornment. The surface is mottled, with a dark patina, and has two additional ceramic cones (bead whorls) mounted with brass. The ceramic head and bead whorls are precolumbian, and appear in many of their works. The edges are decorated with stamped copper in relief, with two geometric copper sections balancing the conical forms.
The works of Maya are becoming recognized for the quality and exceptional design so well expressed by the Mexican silversmiths of the 20th century.