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Hand Crafted Grasshopper Alebrije Figurine, "Spry Grasshopper"

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This delightful alebrije figurine is the original creation of Mexico's Claudio Ojeda. The Oaxacan artisan carves the grasshopper by hand from cedar wood, and then paints it by hand with a psychedelic medley of colorful motifs. The grasshopper's 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. The same style of painting can also be found on other (non-animal) items.

  • 20 grams
  • 0.71 oz
  • 13 cm H x 8 cm W x 12 cm D
  • 5" H x 3.1" W x 4.7" D

  • Cedar 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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