A minimalist interpretation of a classic pre-Colombian motif, the mirrored Quetzalcoatl that holds center stage in this Mexican silver necklace by Miguel Melendez relies on layering, oxidation and the unexpected tad of color added by the turquoise cabochons to convey the ferocious power of the divine Feathered Serpent. I consider Miguel one of the most creative modernists in Taxco's 20th c. Silver Renaissance despite the fact that his name does not figure among his most celebrated contemporary maestros. Melendez's originality is not vociferous neither attention-craving but one can count to always find it in his jewelry, revealing itself little by little, as the eye progresses beyond the first glance to search deeper for design acumen and craftsmanship. The necklace measures 16" long (wearable) with the mirrored Quetzalcoatl station being 7 1/4" long by approx. 3/4" at its widest. It weighs 39.0 grams and is signed with Melendez's initial "m" in script, though partially stamped, as well as "MADE IN MEXICO STERLING" and dates in the pre-1948 period. It is in excellent vintage condition with warmly glowing patina, its oxidation in very good shape, a pleasure to wear, with no damage or repairs noted.