COSAS Mexican Art
Jewelry - Antique Guatemala "Heart" Guardapelo with Filigree
This is an antique "Guardapelo" (save the hair) from Guatemala. It opens like a locket. The tradition was that when a woman married, her Mother would give her one of these as a gift. She would first put a lock of her husband's hair inside, then a lock of her children's hair inside as she had them. These were worn on a chain under her Huipil, close to her heart, to protect those she loved. This piece features delicate etching and filigree detail in .72 silver.
3 3/4" x 2"