An unusual Los Castillo necklace featuring a dangling carved turquoise mask this piece belongs to a rather small series of similar pendant necklaces the workshop produced in the early part of their career. I have only seen one other example using different stones and a pre-Colombian carved medallion set in its pendant – which, of course, makes me wonder if this turquoise mask is an old carving as well that has been glazed in order to be used here. The quality of the carving with the eyes, nostrils and open mouth having been hollowed out seems to support the hypothesis – yet I don’t possess the expertise to make more concrete suggestions. Be that as it may, I truly like this necklace – maybe because the “theatricality” of the mask reminds me of ancient Greek tragedy…
Size/Weight: pendant is 3 1/4″ long (including the swivel bail) by 2″ wide; chain is 23″ long; 53.3 grams
Hallmarks / Date: taller’s signature as shown on both the clasp and pendant as well as “TAXCO STERLING”; pre-1948
Condition: excellent vintage with a wonderfully carved turquoise mask, very unusual, having great patina and no damage or repairs noted
SOLD – Thank you!