Hand-Painted Wood Alebrije Axolotl Ornaments (Set of 5), "Colorful Axolotl"
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With this set of five ornaments, Claudio Ojeda pays homage to the Mexican salamander known as the axolotl. Crafted from copal wood in the style of alebrije sculptures, each axolotl fans its gills, showcasing a vibrant hand-painted design.
It is said that Oaxaca's alebrije tradition descends directly from Mexico City artisan Pedro Linares (1906-1992). When he was 30, he became seriously ill and fell into a sort of coma. While he was unconscious, he had a most fantastic dream. He was caught between the land of the living and the dead; the place looked like a forest and was populated with creatures with body parts belonging to different animals. The beings repeatedly uttered the word alebrije, and when Linares woke up, he recreated these figures in vivid colors using papier mache techniques and called them alebrijes . His work became famous and eventually influenced artisans in the state of Oaxaca who decided to craft alebrijes using traditional wood carving methods and according to that region's world vision.
- 25 grams
- 0.88 oz
- Each (5): 3.1 cm H x 3.8 cm W x 8.3 cm D
- Each (5): 1.2" H x 1.5" W x 3.3" D
This artist has dramatically improved their livelihood by working with NOVICA.
This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.
Just as I expected every single ornament is beautifully handcrafted and painted, full of little details, every piece is unique in design. The package was beautifully wrapped and was coming with personalized postcard from Mexico. Arrived ahead of time. I enjoyed even opening the present.
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