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Hand Carved and Painted Armadillo Alebrije, "Meditating Armadillo"

This brilliant armadillo alebrije is from Teresita Gonzalez in Mexico. The... more

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This brilliant armadillo alebrije is from Teresita Gonzalez in Mexico. The meditating armadillo is carved from copal wood and then carefully hand painted with complex patterns in cyan, russet and other colors. Small parts are separated for shipping to protect from breakage.

The folk art tradition of alebrijes dates back to the 1930's in Mexico City. A man named Pedro Linares was taken ill, and in his fevered dreams he saw a strange land populated with curious creatures--a donkey with wings, a rooster with bull's horns, and a lion with the head of a dog. The beasts all ran at him, shouting "alebrije! alebrije!". Upon his recovery, Linares began recreating the fantastical creatures he had seen in his dream. The art form gained popularity, and alebrijes are now made of wood as well as papier mache.

  • 0.10 kgs
  • 0.2 lbs
  • 11 cm H x 6 cm W x 14 cm D
  • 4.3" H x 2.4" W x 5.5" D

  • Copal wood
  • Signed by the artist
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Warning: Choking Hazard. Small parts -- not for children under 3 years.
  • Made in Mexico.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Mexicoicon info
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HARRY

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04/12/2022

"GREAT GIFT"

BEAUTIFUL GIFT FOR BIRD LOVER

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Carol

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04/02/2022

"Excellent Art Work"

This cat figure is wonderful - the expressive art is wonderful

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Jude

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03/12/2022

"Lovely piece?"

I bought this Alebrije pegasus/unicorn to replace one I lost in a move. The colors are vibrant, the attention to pattern detail is exquisite! It is well made and Ive already received many compliments on it. Very happy with this purchase.

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Robert

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02/17/2022

"Gorgeous"

Much prettier in person!

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Brilliant Hummingbird, Handmade Hummingbird Wood Alebrije Sculpture

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Andrea

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01/19/2022

"Great gift!"

My daughter loved her gift. Beautifully made.

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

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From New Mexico

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01/11/2022

"Awesomely Beautiful"

Awesomely Beautiful This cross radiates color. The painting is precise and perfectly placed. Radiant Faith is a perfect name for this piece of art. It speaks to my heart.

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Radiant Faith, Zapotec Art Inspired Hand Painted Turquoise Wood Cross

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Overcoming Cancer

Overcoming Cancer

When Teresita was diagnosed with cancer shortly after she gave birth to her first child, doctors told her that her chances of survival were slim, but against all odds Teresita beat and eliminated the cancer that had grown in her. Although her medical treatments were essential to treating her cancer directly, Teresita attributes her recovery to laughter, positivity, and her ability to create art pieces every day. Each of the products that Teresita has made has uniquely given her a piece of strength to carry forward and live life to its absolute fullest. Teresita is known amongst her colleagues as a positive light and is a tremendous example of strength and virtue to all cancer survivors, mothers, and women worldwide.

Empowering Women

Empowering Women

An artist who creates from the heart, Teresita has turned a dangerous illness into a source of strength and positivity. After the birth of her first child, Teresita was diagnosed with cancer. "My medical treatments aided in my recovery, but I believe that laughter and her ability to make art have helped me to survive," she says. "I try to infuse each piece with my love of life, a positive attitude, and the appreciation I feel for the time I've been given." She is an inspiration to all cancer survivors, mothers, and women worldwide.

Preserving Traditions

Preserving Traditions

Teresita has continued to preserve her unique technique and pass down her alebrije traditions to the youth in her workshop and use culturally significant materials.

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