I have had this Mexican Deco idol pendant for quite some time and I always thought of it as carved out of black onyx yet, to my delight, as I was photographing it, I discovered that it is in fact a golden sheen obsidian little artifact! Obsidian is a volcanic glass, very hard and brittle at the same time, and it takes all the patience and concentration of a skilled maestro to carve. Think of it as an amulet (quite appropriate nowadays, right?); think of it as a miniature piece of art; think of it as a tiny fragment of a people’s cultural history – any which way you look at it, it is simply precious…
Size/Weight: chain necklace is 24″ long; pendant is 2″ long by 7/8″ wide and adds a 2 1/4″ drop to the chain; 20.5 grams (for the set)
Hallmarks / Date: pendant is signed with maker’s initials as shown as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO D.F.”; chain is marked “MEXICO”; both tested and guaranteed to be silver of at least .900 purity though I believe they are in fact sterling; pre-1948
Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, a nicely carved obsidian idol, tactile and free of chips and breaks, with a hand-made chain that is a perfect match to the pendant and no damage nor any repairs noted
SOLD – Thank you!