Colorful Copal Wood Alebrije Coyote Figurine from Mexico, "Mystical Coyote"
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Howling at the moon, a mystical coyote adds an ethereal touch to your home decor. Working in the Mexican tradition of alebrije folk art, Pablo and Lucy Mendez design this striking figurine. They carve the coyote of copal wood and paint it by hand with vibrant, colorful 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.
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.
This artist positively impacts their community through job creation and provides jobs for 2 or more people.
The Women's Empowerment badge is awarded to female artisans or artisan groups that are led by women.
Lucy's income allows her to provide a necessary basic education to their children in their home.
Pablo won 2nd Place in the Carved Wood Contest in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
This artist has dramatically improved their livelihood by working with NOVICA.
Lucy financially supports their two children.
"Exquisite in its detail"
Nicely carved and finished allowing you to really appreciate the fine detail of the gorgeous painted design and eye catching color pallet. The delicate tail is separated for shipping to avoid breakage, which I appreciated, and simply slips into a pre-carved hole. This is one of the most well executed Alebrijes I have seen, most of which I find too gaudy.
- Accent piece
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"Vibrant and welcoming"
This is a magnificent piece of artwork! I had it on my wishlist for quite a while and I was so happy to see "Mystical Coyote" back in stock after selling out the first time around. The closer you look, the more amazing and beautiful the details. The white around the eyes has beautiful silver speckles while the rest of the body is speckled with gold. There are intricate patterns on the throat, hind legs and tail along with bold accents of colour. This wonderful carving definitely lives up to its namesake. I wish Pablo and Lucy the greatest success and hope they become renown for their Alebrije art, thank you so much!
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