Inspired by ancient Aztec and Maya glyphs and stamps this Mexican silver necklace by Gerardo Lopez combines figural overlay with niello to create an eye-catching example of Taxco's "archeological" style. Birds of prey, warriors, the divine monkey Ozomahtli and, of course, Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, are represented in the trapezoid links, the actual figures glistening against the sterling backdrop's metallic black. A great example of Gerardo's attention to detail and uncompromising craftsmanship the necklace is 15 1/4" long (wearable) by 3/4" wide and weighs 91.8 grams. It is marked with maker's signature as well as "HECHO EN MEXICO", "STERLING .925" and "TAXCO" alongside Eagle 26 assay mark; the safety chain that comes with the necklace is sterling as well except for the spring ring that must be a later replacement. Dating in the 1950s-60s period and in
excellent vintage condition with seamlessly overlaid appliques, great patina and detail in the figural designs, the niello in great shape, with no damage or repairs noted.