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Hand-Painted Wood Alebrije Fish Figurine from Mexico, "Shimmering Fish"

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Glittering with silver tones and vibrant, multicolored designs, an elaborate fish makes a mystical addition to your home decor with this figurine from Mexico. Pablo and Lucy Mendez, who carry on the tradition of alebrije folk art, work together to create the fish. They carve this figurine of copal wood and paint it by hand.

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 Pedro 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.

  • 42 grams
  • 1.48 oz
  • 7.9 cm H x 10.9 cm W x 9 cm D
  • 3.1" H x 4.3" W x 3.5" 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

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10/23/2022

"Fish out of water!"

This smiling fish is absolutely adorable. It is small, so keep that in mind. i just love looking at her (of course shes a female!) She has a companion, the Grey Fish (a man-fish), also from Novica. My husband is a Pisces, too, so it fits into my whimsical design. Beautiful!

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  • Occasion: birthday

Ellen

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01/16/2024

"Absolutely perfect addition to my lighted branch tree"

I bought a lighted bare branch tree from a major retailer this Christmas. This beautiful ornament hangs perfectly and can be seen all the way around. It is such a colorful addition to this new tree. I hope to buy more next holiday season.

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Catherine

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12/19/2023

"Great Cricket!"

So well crafted and very cute. Great addition to my cricket collection. The painting is excellent and very detailed .

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dufzor

From Maine

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11/12/2023

"Adorable!"

Recommend!

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Joshua

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11/11/2023

"Wood alebrije sculpture"

Very nice wood sculpture. Carved intricately with, passion no doubt. Much respect to the artisans. That and to their craft etc.

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Deb

From Michigan

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11/05/2023

"Piece of art!"

I have several of these bookmarks on hand to give as gifts along with books for the young people in my life. Beautiful little pieces of art, they are sturdy, and also bright enough not to be misplaced. A couple also reside in my art room, peeking brightly out of a glass jar. Highly recommend!

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  • Cheerful, unique gift for young bookworms!

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Profound Impact

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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Job Creator

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

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The Women's Empowerment badge is awarded to female artisans or artisan groups that are led by women.

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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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This artist has dramatically improved their livelihood by working with NOVICA.

Caring for Children

Caring for Children

Lucy financially supports their two children.

 
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