Handcrafted by Pablo and Lucy Mendez of Mexico, this magnificent Pegasus stands with wings spread, poised for flight. Using bright colors, the artisans paint the copal wood alebrije statuette with meticulous detail. 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
- 0.12 lbs
- 10.3 inches H x 12.3 inches W x 7.8 inches D