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Hand-Painted Wood Alebrije Cross Ornaments (Set of 5), "Colorful Crosses"

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Painted by hand with geometric patterns and swirls in a variety of colors, five... more

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Painted by hand with geometric patterns and swirls in a variety of colors, five crosses add a touch of reverence to the Christmas tree. Claudio Ojeda works in the Mexican tradition of alebrije handicrafts to create these ornaments, which are crafted from copal wood.

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.

  • 35 grams
  • 1.23 oz
  • Each: 8 cm H x 5.4 cm W x 0.9 cm D
  • Each: 3.1" H x 2.1" W x 0.4" D

  • Copal wood, stainless steel
  • 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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49

From OH

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01/09/2021

"Fun gifts for Year of the Mouse (Rat)"

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Claudio Ojedas ornaments are always amazing... Such artistic detail.. I have purchased many of Claudios ornaments to give to friends as gifts... I keep one for myself, of course. Looking forward to see what new ones he creates.

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From Poolesville, MD

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01/01/2021

"Fantastic craftsmanship."

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I bought these for my son to commemorate his first night on a visit to Mexico when he had to remove a scorpion from the closet. They are whimsical and beautiful!

Best Uses

  • Holiday or any decor

Purchased Item:

Colorful Scorpions, Five Hand-Painted Scorpion Alebrije Ornaments from Mexico

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12/11/2020

"AWESOME"

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These were so spectacular, I ordered a second set.

Best Uses

  • Ornament

Purchased Item:

Colorful Axolotl, Hand-Painted Wood Alebrije Axolotl Ornaments (Set of 5)

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11/30/2020

"These are my Happy Hearts"

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I got these because they were useful all year round--on the Christmas Tree, for Valentines Day, for Easter, or whatever. In between times, I just hang them in various locations around the house and it makes me happy to see them sitting on the corner of the windowsill, hanging from a decorative cabinet handle, resting in a bin of colored straw like an Easter Egg, or whatever. They are colorful, beautiful, and a pleasure to have around the house. I thought I might put one on each gift for Christmas but I got greedy and kept them all for myself. :)

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Valentine Hearts Christmas ornment Happy Hearts

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From Maryland United States

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11/17/2020

"A new heirloom for our family"

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Upon opening the box I got misty eyed. The ornaments are so beautifully crafted. I try to replicate Mexican Folklore when I paint terra cotta pots. It is very hard and it looks like a 4 year old painted it. For that, I truly appreciate the artistic ability of the artists. I also love the personal notes that are included. I had a rough day and your ornaments brought joy to my heart.

Best Uses

  • Christmas Tree or window hanging

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Blue Zapotec Heart, 4 Zapotec Hand Painted Blue Wood Heart Ornaments

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From Lanoka Harbor / NJ / USA

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10/27/2020

"Beautiful Ornaments"

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Such a nice addition to our holiday celebration!

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