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Colorful Handmade Wood Iguana Alebrije Figurine from Mexico, "Amphibian Iguana"

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Appearing to be a combination of a reptilian lizard and an amphibious frog with a dash of chameleon thrown in, this iguana alebrije in red, yellow and green from Oaxaca's Jesus and Roxana Hernandez is carved by hand from copal wood. Complex geometric patterns in yellow cover the iguana's back. Its head and the underside of its tail are in a distinctive red hue. The triangle, arrow, and scale motifs on each of its green extremities are also painted by hand.

It is said that Oaxaca's alebrije tradition descends directly from Mexico City's Pedro Linares (1906-1992), a papier mache artisan. 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.

  • 60 grams
  • 0.1 lbs
  • 4.5 cm H x 15.5 cm W x 20.5 cm D
  • 1.8" H x 6" W x 8" D

  • Copal wood
  • 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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Robert

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02/17/2022

"Nice"

Very nice, but colors are nowhere as vibrant as pictured!

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Amphibian Iguana, Colorful Handmade Wood Iguana Alebrije Figurine from Mexico

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Carol

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07/28/2022

"A beautiful addition to my hummingbird collection"

It is hanging over the table so that I can see it every day! Beautiful!

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07/08/2022

"Beautiful Ornaments!"

These are exquisitely painted and so delicate! My daughter has a whole Christmas tree of Chicken ornaments, and these are so colorful and lovely!

Best Uses

  • Tree ornaments, or just small accents!

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Daughter
  • Occasion: Christmas

Mike

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07/06/2022

"Brightens the room"

Jesus & Roxanna right now are My favorite alebrije artisans = Job Super WELL DONE = Works of ART !!!

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Monkey in Chaos, Wood Monkey Alebrije Figure Hiding His Eyes From Oaxaca

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Mike

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07/06/2022

"Brightens the room"

Super Great trio of monkeys - Beautifully painted & Detailed = VERY VERY Satisfied !!!

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Surprised Monkey, Copal Wood Alebrije Carving of Multicolored Monkey

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Mike

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07/06/2022

"Brightens the room"

Probably 1of thee best of my collection = so colorful - bright amazing colors - so detailed and a Very good size = Well worth the $$$

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Preserving Traditions

Preserving Traditions

Roxana has flourished by continuing to use traditional techniques in her alebrije art and continues to pass down her craft to her grandchildren, as her elders had passed down to her.

Enabling Education

Enabling Education

They financially support all four of their children through school so that they may have better opportunities in their future careers.

Job Creator

Job Creator

Roxana has been able to build her workshop over the years and now gives work to other artisans in her community.

Caring for Children

Caring for Children

Jesus and Roxana are both incredibly dedicated parents and financially support their four children together.

Young Talent

Young Talent

This artist shows a lot of talent or potential and is in their late teens or twenties.

 
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