I am thrilled to present here a difficult to find Salvador Teran modernist pin / pendant necklace! Teran is my favorite among the Taxco modernists. His design acumen is superb and his way of re-interpreting ancient Aztec and Maya motifs within a boldly modernist context is truly magical. The "crouching man" - that's what I like to call this specific creation - can be found hugging a variety of stones. I have never seen it, however, with this banded, bi-color quartz (or agate?) before. I find the transition from light almond white to a powdery blue fascinating and I also appreciate the piece's double function since you can disengage the pendant from the chain and enjoy it as a brooch as well. And even though the chain that it comes with is not a Teran chain, it is Mexican as well, hefty and absolutely perfect in this marriage. The pin / pendant is 2 1/8" square (without the bail) and adds a 2 7/8" drop to the chain which is itself 17 1/4" long (wearable)by 3/16" wide. The set weighs 48.2 grams and is hallmarked on the pendant with Teran's signature in script as well as "STERLING MEXICO", des. no 123 and Eagle 36 assay mark while the chain is marked "925 MEXICO". Dating in the 1950s-60s for the pendant; the chain could be either pre-1948 or post-1980. In
excellent vintage condition with great patina, no damage or repairs noted and masterfully made like all Teran pieces.