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Hand-Painted Alebrije Chameleon, "Ocotlan Chameleon"

Mexico's Zeny and Reyna create this stunning alebrije sculpture, a popular... more

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Mexico's Zeny and Reyna create this stunning alebrije sculpture, a popular traditional folk art of Oaxaca. The copal wood chameleon is painted with a dizzying array of motifs in a rainbow of bright colors. 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 feverish 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 the nonsense word "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.

  • 0.50 kgs
  • 1.1 lbs
  • 19 cm H x 11 cm W x 30 cm D
  • 7.5" H x 4.3" W x 11.75" D

  • Copal wood
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Signed by the artist
  • Made in Mexico.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Mexicoicon info
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  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes

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Mike

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07/01/2022

"Brightens the room"

Beautiful carving !!!

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Stanley

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06/13/2022

"Very Cool Porcupine"

I like this little guy, nice bright colors! Hope to get a few more, start a collection :-)

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Carol

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06/09/2022

"Rainbow Iguana"

Much bigger than I thought & fits well in my collection. Hope to order more from Zeny & Reyna.

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Carol

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06/09/2022

"Green Porcupine"

Love it & will order more items from this artist. ??

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Carol

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06/09/2022

"Rainbow Snail is Beautiful"

Glad I ordered the rainbow snail - good artwork & is beautiful.

Purchased Item:

Rainbow Snail, Multicolored Wood Snail Alebrije Figurine from Mexico

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Beth

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05/20/2022

"Vivid and fun"

I ordered this as a gift for my Mom, and she loves it! The colors are stunning and the cats expression is adorable. I will certainly buy from these artisans again! Their work is gorgeous.

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  • This was a gift for: Mother
  • Occasion: birthday

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Preserving Traditions

Preserving Traditions

This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.

Microcredit Financing

Microcredit Financing

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.

Caring for Children

Caring for Children

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