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Hand Painted cactus and Bird Alebrije Sculpture, "Hummingbird's Delight"

Pablo and Lucy Mendez in Mexico work in the traditional folk art called... more

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Pablo and Lucy Mendez in Mexico work in the traditional folk art called alebrijes to create this wonderful sculpture, which is hand carved from copal wood and painted in vivid detail. Frozen in mid-flight, a colorful hummingbird sates his hunger with a beautiful cactus flower. Please note that small parts are detached for safe shipping.

The folk art tradition of alebrijes dates back to the 1930s 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 the nonsense word, "alebrije! alebrije!". Upon his recovery, Linares began recreating the fantastical creatures he had seen in his dream in papier mache. 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.

  • 0.12 kgs
  • 0.3 lbs
  • 11 cm H x 15 cm W x 25 cm D
  • 4.3" H x 6" W x 9.75" D

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

From Tennessee

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09/03/2023

"Bookmark with jazz"

Love this and it works well as a bookmark. Great item.

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Robin

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08/10/2023

"Lovely Sculpture"

The details are fabulous and the color choices are lovely. Craft work is wonderful. It has a prominate place in my living room.

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robin

From Tennessee

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07/25/2023

"Bambie like wood carving"

Lovely artisan carving.

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Bert

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06/26/2023

"Great addition to my collection"

Gorgeous alebrije with stunning colors. Don t hesitate buying from this seller! A++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Bert

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06/26/2023

"Love it!"

As always the alebrijes that I purchase from these two fabulous artists are impeccably made with the most stunning colors.A+++++++++++++++++++

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Donna

From New Jersey, USA

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06/17/2023

"Meet Angela!"

I got Angela for my birthday and she is a happy long-tailed addition to my alebrijes collection.She is quirkily beautiful. As always, I was so impressed with the secure packing of my wonderful Angela.

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  • Occasion: birthday

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Pablo’s profits from the alebrij sculptures he creates for NOVICA allow him to create and financially support a healthy life for his wife and two children.

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This artist positively impacts their community through job creation and provides jobs for 2 or more people.

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Lucy's income allows her to provide a necessary basic education to their children in their home.

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Lucy financially supports their two children.

 
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