Mexican Alebrije(111 items)
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Featured Reviews on Mexican Alebrije
This s a delight It was a birthday gift for my wife, who loves hummingbirds. The quality of workmanship is excellent: vivid colors, attention to detail and wonderful look.
The green is stunning
I have the red hummingbird and now he has a friend. I love them both! They compliment each other so well. The craftsmanship is amazing, I would bet that no two are the same.
colorful and energetic
I bought this as a gift and almost kept it for myself! As I packed tissue paper around him in the gift box, he looked up at me - bright eyed, colorful, and energetic. Beautifully carved and painted.
Zeny and Reyna Handcrafted alebrije sculptures
"When she told us this we felt a great sense of satisfaction, we had no idea how much we could help someone – a child – through our art."
Popular Mexican Alebrije
12-inch Hand Carved and Painted Alebrije Fish Sculpture, "Zapotec Fish"$329.99
A rotund fish with big eyes swims sinuously in cool rivers. Colorful motifs from Zapotec art and ancient temples cover the body and fins. By Manuel Cruz, this is a beautiful example of Mexico's art. The image is carved by hand of copal wood in the style of Oaxaca and meticulously painted by hand with tiny brushes. The finer details are created using a maguey thorn instead of a brush.
The alebrije tradition originated with Mexico City artisan Pedro Linares (1906-1992). When he was 30, he became ill and fell into a coma. While he was unconscious, he dreamed he was caught between the land of the living and the dead, a place populated with creatures whose body parts belonged to different animals. The beings repeatedly cried, "Alebrije!" When he was well, Linares recreated these fanciful figures in papier mache. His work became famous and inspired artisans in the state of Oaxaca, who began crafting alebrijes of wood.
The wood branch dictates the final form, thus size and shapes can vary slightly. Thus, each alebrije is an authentic work of Mexican folk art.
Wood Alebrije Cat Figurine in Purple from Mexico, "Fantastic Stretch"$57.99
Arching its back in a fantastic stretch over its head, an adorable cat is carved of copal wood in this folk art figurine from Mexico. Artisan duo Zeny and Reyna create the alebrije, hand-painting the cat with intricate designs in tones of purple. The tail is removable.
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.
Hand-Painted Alebrije Wood Peacock Sculpture from Mexico, "Colorful Peacock"$25.99
Displaying its colorful feathers, an adorable little peacock is hand-carved of copal wood, fanning its vibrant tail feathers. Mexican duo Zeny and Reyna work in the time-honored tradition of sculptures, decorating the peacock with intricate designs that are painted by hand. Each individual tail feather is removable.
Five Painted Heart-Shaped Alebrije Mini Ornaments, "Alebrije Hearts"$49.95
Crafted by hand of Mexican copal wood, five loving hearts are hand-painted with intricate, colorful designs. Working in the time-honored tradition of Oaxaca's sculptures, Claudio Ojeda creates this set of petite ornaments, perfect for home decor or for hanging on the tree.