From Oaxaca's Jesus and Roxana Hernandez comes this imaginatively decorated armadillo alebrije which makes a whimsical addition to a home desk, curio cabinet or side table. Mexican artisans carve the figurine by hand from copal wood; it is then painted by hand in an incredible variety of colors and patterns in both vertical and horizontal bands. Even the animal's removable tail is covered with several unique designs. Small parts are separated for shipping to protect from breakage.
It is said that Oaxaca's alebrije tradition descends directly from Mexico City papier mache artisan Pedro Linares (1906-1992). When he was 30, he became seriously ill and fell into a sort of coma. While he was unconscious, he had a most fantastic dream. He was caught between the land of the living and the dead; the place looked like a forest and was populated with creatures with body parts belonging to different animals. The beings repeatedly uttered the word alebrije, and when Linares woke up, he recreated these figures in vivid colors using papier mache techniques and called them alebrijes . His work became famous and eventually influenced artisans in the state of Oaxaca who decided to craft alebrijes using traditional wood carving methods and according to that region's world vision.
- Copal wood
- 1 oz
- 2.8 inches H x 2 inches W x 4.5 inches D