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Alebrije wood statuette, 'Psychedelic Turtle' - Hand Painted Alebrije Turtle Wood Sculpture from Mexico

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Hand Painted Alebrije Turtle Wood Sculpture from Mexico, "Psychedelic Turtle"

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With colorful flowers blossoming on its shell, this turtle captivates with... more

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With colorful flowers blossoming on its shell, this turtle captivates with psychedelic artistry. Zeny and Reyna craft this endearing alebrije sculpture with techniques inherited from their parents. They carve a found piece of copal wood into the statuette and proceed to paint it with hand crafted artistry.

Alebrijes are a fairly recent Mexican art form, attributed to Pedro Linares. Unconscious due to illness in 1936, he was presumed near death and yet his dreams were extremely vivid. He tells of a place where all was peaceful and quiet until all of a sudden there appeared a lion with an eagle’s head, a rooster with bull's horns and a donkey with butterfly wings. They kept screeching "alebrije, alebrije!" and Ricardo began running away. He encountered a man who told him it was not yet his time to be there are and he should continue running towards the exit. In this dream Pedro climbed out of a window and regained consciousness. He made paper replicas of these creatures to show everyone, and soon others began to craft other "monster-like" creatures in bright colors.

  • 60 grams
  • 0.1 lbs
  • 5 cm H x 16.5 cm W x 17.5 cm D
  • 2" H x 6.5" W x 7" D

  • Copal wood
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Marked with artist's initials or trademark
  • Made in Mexico.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Mexicoicon info
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256

Judy

From OH

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06/01/2020

"Absolutely gorgeous! A real treasure!"

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Thank you Zeny and Reyna! Lucky me... I originally ordered this as a gift for a friend, but realized it would not arrive in time. He got a different Oaxacan Alebrije turtle and I get to keep this magical one made by Zeny (a turtle I have always admired).

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Psychedelic Turtle, Hand Painted Alebrije Turtle Wood Sculpture from Mexico

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Caroline

From Kew Gardens, NY USA

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08/28/2021

"I bought three of these!"

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I love this giraffe. It is truly elegant and very well made and painted. I gave one as a gift and kept the other two.

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Pearly Giraffe, Wood Alebrije Giraffe Figurine in Grey from Mexico

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Caroline

From Kew Gardens, NY USA

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08/28/2021

"Cheerful Iguana"

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This sculpture cheers me up each time I look at it. It has a beautiful face and is bright and vibrant.

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Debra

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08/24/2021

"Delicate exquisite beauty; floats in the air"

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It is hard to believe that someone was able to create this amazing piece of art. I love when the light hits it, it really shines!

Best Uses

  • Flying over my kitchen island

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Marnie

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08/19/2021

"This alebrije is very colorful"

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This is a very colorful and detailed alebrije. I should say, however, that it is so much smaller than I expected, even though I thought I read the size description. It is too small to really enjoy the colors and the figure. So please be aware of its size.

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Colorful Peacock, Hand-Painted Alebrije Wood Peacock Sculpture from Mexico

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Mayra

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08/10/2021

"Just fun!"

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Well crafted and just a beautiful piece of art. Love the colors, great addition to my collection.

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

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

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.

This artist supports children under the age of 18.

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