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Handcrafted Grey Deer Alebrije Sculpture, "Dainty Deer in Grey"

Working in the traditional Oaxacan folk art form called alebrijes, Pablo and Lucy Mendez in Mexico create this marvelous sculpture. The delicate deer... more

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Working in the traditional Oaxacan folk art form called alebrijes, Pablo and Lucy Mendez in Mexico create this marvelous sculpture. The delicate deer is carved by hand from copal wood and then painted in meticulous detail. Please note that small parts may be detached for secure shipping.

The folk art tradition of alebrijes dates back to the 1930s in Mexico City. A man named Pedro Linares was taken ill, and in his fevered dreams he saw a strange land populated with curious creatures--a donkey with wings, a rooster with bull's horns, and a lion with the head of a dog. The beasts all ran at him, shouting the nonsense word, "alebrije! alebrije!". Upon his recovery, Linares began recreating the fantastical creatures he had seen in his dream in papier mache. The art form gained popularity, and alebrijes are now made of wood as well as papier mache. The same style of painting can also be found on other (non-animal) items.

  • 40 grams
  • 1.41 oz
  • 20.05 cm H x 12 cm W x 10 cm D
  • 8" H x 4.7" W x 3.9" D

  • Copal wood
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Signed by the artist
  • Made in Mexico
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Mexicoicon info
  • Product ID: 407526
Pablo and Lucy Mendez
Pablo and Lucy Mendez

Mexico

Traditional handcrafted Mexican alebrije figures

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Molly

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Aug 15, 2022

Great item!”

This was supposed to be for Christmas decorations with my other deer. But it is on display all year instead.

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Dainty Deer in Grey, Handcrafted Grey Deer Alebrije Sculpture

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Donna

From New Jersey, USA

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Jun 11, 2024

Wow!”

The size and the detail are inspiring. The packaging was in a class by itself!

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Dave

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Apr 05, 2024

A great addition to my collection.”

A beautiful sculpture. The colors, stance, just everything about I am very happy with. I highly recommend.

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Ellen

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Jan 16, 2024

Absolutely perfect addition to my lighted branch tree”

I bought a lighted bare branch tree from a major retailer this Christmas. This beautiful ornament hangs perfectly and can be seen all the way around. It is such a colorful addition to this new tree. I hope to buy more next holiday season.

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Catherine

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Dec 19, 2023

Great Cricket!”

So well crafted and very cute. Great addition to my cricket collection. The painting is excellent and very detailed .

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dufzor

From Maine

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Nov 12, 2023

Adorable!”

Recommend!

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Pablo’s profits from the alebrij sculptures he creates for NOVICA allow him to create and financially support a healthy life for his wife and two children.

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This artist positively impacts their community through job creation and provides jobs for 2 or more people.

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Lucy's income allows her to provide a necessary basic education to their children in their home.

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