Hand-Painted Wood Alebrije Iguana Sculpture from Mexico, "Cosmic Iguana"
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Hand-carved of copal wood, a lithe iguana brings the elegance of Mexican folk art to your home. Artisan duo Pablo and Lucy Mendez craft the stunning alebrije sculpture, diligently hand-painting the lizard with intricate, multicolored motifs that evoke the cosmos.
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.
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.
This artist positively impacts their community through job creation and provides jobs for 2 or more people.
The Women's Empowerment badge is awarded to female artisans or artisan groups that are led by women.
Lucy's income allows her to provide a necessary basic education to their children in their home.
Pablo won 2nd Place in the Carved Wood Contest in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
This artist has dramatically improved their livelihood by working with NOVICA.
Lucy financially supports their two children.