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It is made of sterling silver (925) handmade in my studio.
This sterling silver pendant represents meanders patterns that were used in the pre-Columbian civilization of Zapotecs in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. These patterns are more commonly found during the postclassical period of the region and on different objects or buildings (architecture, jewelry…). For example, they appear on the palace of Mitla, or more particularly on the jewels of the famous treasure from the Tumb 7 of Monte Alban. It is also found in the tumb 7 of Monte Alban and on the walls of the palace of Mitla.
There are several interpretations about the meaning of these drawings. They are sometimes interpreted as representations of the snake, symbol of water in Mesoamerican cultures. This pattern would therefore be related to Cocijo, the god of thunder and rain (water) for Zapotecs.
Cocijo is known as Tlaloc for Aztecs or Chac for Mayas. Like in these other Pre-Hispanic civilizations, the god of rain is very important because of the need of water allowing fertility and life in these regions.
In order to strengthen this link between the Zapotec god of rain, Cocijo, and this idea of relation between the rain and the meanders, I decided to make this pendant in the shape of a water drop. A water drop falling from the sky that could be a teardrop of the Zapotec god.
This drawing is directly inspired from a ring that was discovered in the tumb 7 of Monte Alban and which context is probably related to a priestess who was dedicated to the Mixtec rain and water (a neighboring population of the Zapotecs).
This pendant is really one of a kind. It is artisan etched. The etching process takes times but the result allows appreciating the intricate and delicate patterns. The bas-relief effect is really nice. The deeper part is matte and the upper part has been sanded and polished. Shiny finish.
Etching is an artisanal process, which produces a unique design each time I use it. Two pieces with a same design will never be exactly the same by the hazards of the process. Each detail makes a unique piece.
It is 3.5 x 1.2 cm (1.378 x 0.472 inches).
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I hope you will love this jewel as much as I enjoyed creating it.
By Emmanuelle Guyon
Tags: pendant, sterling silver, Maya, Aztec, Zapotec, Pre-Hispanic, meanders, Mexican Culture, Mexico, archeology, engraved, engraving, god, rain, Cocijo, Chac Tlaloc, lightning, storm, thunder, fertility, Mesoamerica, American, symbol, tear.