One Good Eye Silver

long 1950s Mexican silver and pre-Colombian azurite mask Necklace

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Mexican: Pre 1970: Item # 1392106

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Put together around the middle of the 20th c. in Jalisco, one of Mexico's major silversmithing centers, the long pendant necklace I am presenting here combines a variety of materials in a way that is very typical of the 1950s. I suspect, however, that the carved azurite mask that takes center stage here is an ancient, pre-Colombian artifact which was, at the time of the necklace's fashioning, treated to a "fresh" coat of glaze. Though I do not claim any kind of expertise in Aztec and Maya archeology, the workmanship on the mask reminds me of other, similar pieces I have had in the past that had been untreated so their age could be ascertained more easily. And it does have striking similarities to a Los Castillo example I sold recently which featured a turquoise mask. I love this necklace not only because of the stone mask but also because the brass, copper and silver beads that have been used to make the chain as well as the green and brown rondelles (stone or glass?) reflect the variety of coloration in the mask itself. Definitely a one-of-a-kind necklace it measures 30 1/2" long with the stone mask being 2 1/8" wide and adding a 1 5/8" drop to the chain. The bead elements vary in width between 7/16" and 3/17" and the piece's weight registers at 88.3 grams. The necklace is signed with maker's initials "AVN" as well as "JAL MEXICO" and bears Eagle 2 assay mark. It dates in the 1950s and is in excellent vintage condition with a very sculptural mask that is free of damage yet has pooling glaze mostly around the mouth and nostrils (easily removable, should you feel the need to do it), featuring a wonderfully glowing with patina combination of silver, brass and copper beads and stone rondelles, with just the occasional ding in the spheres that is to be anticipated and does not really take away from the necklace's beauty.