Working in the traditional style of alebrije sculptures, Mexican artisan Teresita Gonzalez hand-carves this big-eared rabbit of copal wood. She diligently paints the charming rabbit by hand, featuring a multicolored design with floral and plant motifs.
Alebrijes are a fairly recent Mexican art form, attributed to Pedro Linares. Unconscious due to illness in 1936, he was presumed near death and yet his dreams were extremely vivid. He tells of a place where all was peaceful and quiet until all of a sudden there appeared a lion with an eagle's head, a rooster with bull's horns and a donkey with butterfly wings. They kept screeching 'alebrije, alebrije!' and Pedro began running away. He encountered a man who told him it was not yet his time to be there are and he should continue running towards the exit. In this dream Pedro climbed out of a window and regained consciousness.
- Copal wood
- 0.58 oz
- 7.5 inches H x 3.3 inches W x 1.7 inches D