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Wood sculpture, 'Balam' - Hand-carved Maya Jaguar Wood Sculpture

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Hand-carved Maya Jaguar Wood Sculpture, "Balam"

byJose Canil Ramos: icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star (132)
Sitting patiently with a wide-eyed expression on its face, this balam (jaguar)... more

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Sitting patiently with a wide-eyed expression on its face, this balam (jaguar) sculpture is created by Jose Canil to honor his ancestors. "Jaguars were regarded as sacred, a deity, by our Maya ancestors and no one was allowed to harm them. Balam is the jaguar god protector of fields and harvest, so ceremonies were held in its honor before sowing," explains the Guatemalan artisan. He carves and paints the pinewood sculpture by hand. "That's why I love carving jaguar images — they connect me with my Maya roots."

The tail is detached for shipping.

  • 1.22 kgs
  • 2.7 lbs
  • 19.5 cm H x 52 cm W x 14 cm D
  • 7.75" H x 20.5" W x 5.5" D

  • Pinewood
  • Some assembly required
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Eco-Friendly: carved from natural and sustainable wood
  • Made in Guatemala.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Central Americaicon info
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Atticus

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02/28/2021

"Playful Jaguar"

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This jaguar is approachable with a sweetly curious expression. An example of Jose Canil Ramos varied talent.

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STEPHEN

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10/24/2017

"A NEW ADDED TREASURE TO MY COLLECTION"

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I was again Very Pleased to receive Balam. The carving is magnificent. Everything about it is a pleasure to look at. Jose Canil Ramos has become an artist I will sure follow

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  • Dia de los Muertos shrine

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Jonathan

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07/06/2021

"Masterful Jaguar"

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I bought this sculpture for my wifes birthday, and she loves it! Jose Canil Ramos is an extremely talented artist. This piece is even more magnificent in person. We all love this sculpture, very meticulously created and beautifully rendered. This is our second piece from this artist, and we are awed by his talent.

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

Mary

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07/24/2021

"Great quality"

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The detail in this wooden chef is amazing. The color are bright and the craftsmanship outstanding. It will look great in my kitchen.

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Mary

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07/24/2021

"Beautiful"

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These three angels are beautifully crafted. The colors are amazing. Better than the picture

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  • ornament

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Linda

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04/29/2021

"So fun!"

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Love this mammoth mask. Sweet and colorful.

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

Jose suffers from a rare facial nerve paralysis and is currently treating the condition with physical therapy.

Jose is a very talented wood carver. He first learned when he was just ten years old from his father. This art has been passed down for generations and Jose plans to continue the tradition and teach his son how to carve.

Jose Canil Ramos has received 7 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $250 and the most recent for $2100. Proceeds were used to invest in wood, saws, paints, and sandpaper for production.

Jose's work helps generate employment opportunities for those in his community. With the sales from NOVICA, he can employ other artisans and help change the lives of his workers.

Jose hires several people in his community which provides them with a stable income for supporting their families.

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