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Hand-Painted Cat Alebrije, "Sly Siamese"

Working with native copal wood, Zeny and Reyna in Mexico create this wonderful alebrije sculpture, a popular traditional folk art of Oaxaca. The... more

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Working with native copal wood, Zeny and Reyna in Mexico create this wonderful alebrije sculpture, a popular traditional folk art of Oaxaca. The whimsical Siamese cat is painted in loving detail with a yellow coat and bright blue eyes. 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.

  • 0.72 kgs
  • 1.6 lbs
  • 29 cm H x 15 cm W x 25 cm D
  • 11.5" 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
  • Product ID: 403919
Zeny and Reyna
Zeny and Reyna

Mexico

Handcrafted alebrije sculptures

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Linda

From San Diego, CA. United States

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Dec 30, 2021

Purrfect Wake up buddy”

Keep by my bed. Always a vigilant fellow. Named him Hector after a friend.

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Sly Siamese, Hand-Painted Cat Alebrije

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Dorothy

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Mar 31, 2024

Wonderful piece artfully done,”

The “Cat of the Moon and Water” is a stand out work of art.

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Cat of the Moon and Water, Mexico Alebrije Mystical Cat Sculpture Oaxaca Folk Art

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Kathy

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Jan 12, 2024

love alebrije!”

adorable little dragon with excellent, beautifully executed painting

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Dramatic Dragon, Fuchsia Alebrije Dragon with Multicolor Hand Painted Motifs

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Deb

From Michigan

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Nov 05, 2023

Tiny little gem!”

This tiny little guy is so cute I felt he needed a buddy, so I ordered another in a different color! Such amazing detail work - thank-you!

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Shelley

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Sep 07, 2023

Talented red cat with ball.”

This red cat shares her joy at playing with her ball. She is a lot of fun. Thanks!

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Shelley

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Sep 07, 2023

Happy cat loves sitting on my shelf and making me feel cheerful.”

This pink spotted cat is a relaxed and wonderful addition to my cat collection.

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

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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.

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