|King Pacal of Palenque (603-683 CE)|
Casa Maya ! Well, I know - we are kind of veering off our quest for knowledge on Mexico's silver jewelry yet I couldn't help but yell "YES!" when I first stumbled upon the reference in one of my Google searches.
Of course I had to have the book - right away! And when it arrived, fresh and entombed in its sealed plastic wrapping, I dropped everything else that was waiting for my attention and immersed myself in its pages... And I guess I should have already provided this bit of crucial information - I am referring to Sandy Hargrove's, Maya Mexico Jewelry; An Informational Guide, published in 2011 by the Lulu Press in Raleigh, NC.
Though I cherish all Maya creations, I think I can easily say that my most favorite line consists of the Hubert Harmon designs they produced in brass and copper - they don't surface very often and when they do, they command high prices just because Harmon's original silver pieces are even more impossible to come up with! That's why I don't have any photos to show you either but a quick Google search will prove fruitful...
The designs in which Maya overlays brass and silver on usually hand-hammered copper are also on my "wanted" list and I truly enjoy their copper, brass and green enamel line! Just take a look at the bold, crazy "Carmen Miranda" style of the necklace and bracelet often referred to as "The Kiss" even though it seems that the figures are representations of ancient Maya noblemen (again according to Hargrove possibly even the 7th c. CE king Pacal of Palenque). And note the mask-like features of the grand bull in the "Toro" bracelet and earrings.
Last but not least, the "Eagle / Hawk with Xochitl flowers" cuff - a piece I wanted to lay my hands on for ever and I finally found one.
Enjoy your July 4th weekend, have fun and should you want to join me with stories and photos of your Maya pieces, by all means please do so!
(for specifics on the pieces featured here please click on these links: "Kiss Necklace", "Kiss Bracelet", "Toro Cuff", "Toro Earrings" and "Eagle Cuff")