Vintage Los Castillo'METALES CASADOS' Handcrafted Eagle and Warrior Necklace. Extremely Rare and Hard to Find. This huge and rae Los Castillo pendant necklace is a perfected expression of art in silver, brass, and copper with turquoise inlay.
It is hallmarked "METALES CASADOS' or "married metals. This was a technique named and developed by one of the greatest silversmiths in Taxco, Jorge Castillo Teran, nicknamed'El Maestro Chato. He used seven metals (nickel, gold, silver, copper, brass, alpaca, rex, and monel) in various combinations for the purpose of providing color in his brilliant creations. Mexican Jewelry Book author, Greta Pack noted: The skill needed for this work is astonishing, for which reason only a few craftsmen do it.
The beautiful colors of this necklace displays a large eagle made of silver, copper, brass and nickel with malachite inlay. The defeated warrior with arrow raised is made of the same metals with bits of turquoise for the eye and helmet and ear.
Both pieces are attached by rings. Two loops on the sides of the eagle's tail feathers hold the hand-wrought mixed metal distinct chain seen on other Los Castillo pieces.
It has a shepherds' hook closure. This piece was made between the latter 1950s and 1960. Approximate Measurements taken at Widest Points. Pendant- 3.75" x 3". I have not cleaned this, but it could be polished to look new with little to no effort.
Please view photographs for more detail. All photographs are of the actual item. The item "Vintage Los Castillo'METALES CASADOS' Handcrafted Eagle and Warrior Necklace" is in sale since Wednesday, January 28, 2015.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Mexican\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "sco4kids" and is located in Greenvale, New York. This item can be shipped to United States.