COSAS Mexican Art
Jewelry - Antique Guatemala "Dog House" Guardapelo
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 - and in this case, perhaps her pets as well. These were worn on a chain under her Huipil, close to her heart, to protect those she loved. .72 silver.
4" x 2"