William Spratling Lapis & Silver Bracelet RARE J98

J98-02

Considered the founding father of the Taxco silver renaissance, William Spratling trained a whole generation of silversmiths who would, with him, lift the craft of Mexican silver making to the first rank. And this piece shows how he has never been surpassed as a jeweler in this style. The style he set. Truly extraordinary how the ...

Serpent God Brooch Silver M659

M659-60

Taxco delight. Timeless. Xiuhcoatl was considered to be the nahual, or spirit form, of the Aztec fire god Xiuhtecuhtli. It was a lightning-like weapon borne by Huitzilopochtli. With it, soon after his birth he pierced his sister Coyolxauhqui, destroying her, and also defeated the Centzon Huitznahua. This Xiuhcoatl wielded by Huitzilopochtli symbolises the forces of darkness being driven out ...

Silver Serpent Brooch M658

M658-57

In Aztec religion, Xiuhcoatl was a mythological serpent, it was regarded as the spirit form of Xiuhtecuhtli, the Aztec fire deity, and was also an atlatl wielded by Huitzilopochtli. Xiuhcoatl is a Classical Nahuatl word that literally translates as "turquoise serpent"; it also carries the symbolic and descriptive meaning, "fire serpent". Xiuhcoatl was a common subject ...