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sculptural Mexican Deco silver carved stone Medusa head Pin / Pendant

on Jul 10, 2020 in archived

This is only the second time I have ever had this incredible carved “mask” and sterling silver Mexican Deco pin / pendant and I am thrilled to have come upon another example after years of looking for it! One of the most enchanting “masks” from this period I have seen in terms of the lapidary skill it demonstrates, I call it euphemistically a “Medusa head” even though its theme is a little more gruesome than the severed head of a gorgon from ancient Greek mythology. Whether a vanquished enemy or an offering to the gods, the person whose “mask” looks so perplexingly serene, seems to have crossed over the trauma of defeat or sacrifice into a realm where all is softer and quieter…

 

Size / Weight: 3 3/8″ tall by 1 1/2″ wide; 44.0 grams

Hallmarks / Date: “STERLING 925”; pre-1948

Condition: excellent vintage with amazing sculpturality, gorgeous color in the stone mask and beautiful, confident repoussage; no damage and no repairs noted except for the fact that the roll-over part of the clasp is missing – the pin still works very well, however, and will keep the brooch in its place securely; there is a line of lighter color on the left side of the “mask” (as you face it) – I have scrutinized it carefully and don’t think it’s a crack; it seems to be superficial and was probably a result of the “mask’s” carving

Inv.#15055

SOLD – Thank you!

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