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Alebrije Whale Wood Sculpture Painted by Hand, "Aztec Whale"

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Decorated with glyph-like patterns, this blue whale sets off to explore the... more

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Decorated with glyph-like patterns, this blue whale sets off to explore the seven seas. Zeny and Reyna craft this endearing alebrije sculpture with techniques inherited from their parents. They carve a found piece of copal wood into the statuette and proceed to paint it with hand crafted artistry.

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 Ricardo 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. He made paper replicas of these creatures to show everyone, and soon others began to craft other "monster-like" creatures in bright colors.

  • 60 grams
  • 0.1 lbs
  • 6 cm H x 16.5 cm W x 4 cm D
  • 2.4" H x 6.5" W x 1.6" D

  • Copal wood
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Marked with artist's initials or trademark
  • Made in Mexico.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Mexicoicon info
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211

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04/07/2021

"Makes me smile"

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This little cat gave me something to smile about and the coloring is beautiful.

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Magical Cat, Hand Crafted Purple Wood Kittycat Folk Art Sculpture

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04/06/2021

"A great addition to my collection"

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Absolutely stunning! Exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail.

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04/06/2021

"The star of my collection!"

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Absolutely stunning! Exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail.

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04/01/2021

"Prominent fixture in my alebreje menagerie."

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Beautiful, colorful, unique, and incredibly priced for such a time and labor intensive work of art. It is prominently displayed among many other animals in my alebreje menagerie.

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Unique colorful and beautiful work of art.

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03/24/2021

"Muy Hermosa"

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The Cat of the Sun is even more beautiful than the photos. He looks terrific next to The Cat of the Moon and Water.

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Cat of the Sun, Mexico Oaxaca Folk Art Alebrije Mystical Cat Sculpture

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03/24/2021

"Striking Work of Art"

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Beautiful colors and imagination! The Cat of the Moon and Water is a great companion to The Cat of the Sun.

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Cat of the Moon and Water, Mexico Alebrije Mystical Cat Sculpture Oaxaca Folk Art

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.

Zeny and Reyna has received 2 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1200 and the most recent for $2500.

This artist supports children under the age of 18.

 
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