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Colorful Hand Carved and Painted Dragon Alebrije Figurine, "Acrobatic Dragon"

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Husband and wife duo Zeny and Reyna from Oaxaca grew up with the tradition of... more

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Husband and wife duo Zeny and Reyna from Oaxaca grew up with the tradition of carving alebrijes (fantastical figurines of real and imagined animals); both of their parents were master carvers in that region's traditional folk art. Here they create a wildly colorful dragon in a contorted, acrobatic pose. The dragon is carved by hand from copal wood and painted in a rainbow of psychedelic colors.

It is said that Oaxaca's alebrije tradition descends directly from Mexico City 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.

  • 20 grams
  • 0.71 oz
  • 10 cm H x 14 cm W x 9.5 cm D
  • 3.9" H x 5.5" W x 3.7" D

  • Copal wood
  • Some assembly required
  • Signed by the artist
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Made in Mexico.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Mexicoicon info
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151

From Ottawa, Canada

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10/24/2019

"Incredible artisans"

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Another fantastic, intricately hand-painted dragon from Mexico. Miniature in size yet a striking stand-out given the bright, vibrant colours. Hes kept in a special place for eyes to enjoy

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  • Decorative display

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Acrobatic Dragon, Colorful Hand Carved and Painted Dragon Alebrije Figurine

From Co. Springs, Colorado

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01/29/2019

"Dragons vs Cats vs Squirrels vs Armadillos, etc."

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Altho we collect almost any of the animals that Zeny and Reyna do, our favorites are dragons and cats. We rescue and recently lost the third of three cats we?ve had for 19 years! All of these wonderful carvings have a very special place in our hearts and we just got a new addition to our family, an orange tabby named Baby Boy, or BB for short. He?s quite the character and came to us with the name of Mouse which he immediately told us was not his name. Many friends sent ideas but he liked the first thing I said to him when they brought him into the room for us to meet which was ?oh there?s our handsome Baby Boy.? He loves the carvings and respects them, but won?t touch he looks at one, then looks at us and says ?erp?? Almost as if to say me? You see these carvings make not only people happy but also animals. Thanks for the joy you bring our entire family!

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Acrobatic Dragon, Colorful Hand Carved and Painted Dragon Alebrije Figurine

Tom

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08/09/2020

"A great Birthday gift"

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This colorful creature brought great joy for a Birthday celebration

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08/08/2020

"Such a character"

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I love Alebrije and have quite a collection. Each one I unique and special. This guy is beautifully done and whimsical.

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08/01/2020

"The green is stunning"

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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.

Best Uses

  • the green is such an amazing color
  • I thought I would have like the red better but I was wrong
  • They both are so striking

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08/01/2020

"Delicate and petite"

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This hummingbird is beyond lovely. Where it is hanging it looks as though its in mid flight. I love it!!

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  • This goes perfectly with my decor
  • I love the color

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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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