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Handcrafted Alebrije Jaguar Statuette from Mexico, "Powerful Jaguar"

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Exquisitely painted with assorted shades and patterns, this alebrije statuette... more

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Exquisitely painted with assorted shades and patterns, this alebrije statuette takes the form of a jaguar. Mexican artisans Pablo and Lucy Mendez handcraft the statuette from copal wood.

It is said that Oaxaca's alebrije tradition descends directly from Mexico City papier mache 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.

  • 0.88 kgs
  • 1.9 lbs
  • 17 cm H x 12 cm W x 32 cm D
  • 6.75" H x 4.7" W x 12.5" 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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  • Premium Gift Wrap? No

Reviews by Customers

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10/22/2020

"Stunning"

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The colors and details are perfect!

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Lithe Tree Frog, Wood Alebrije Tree Frog Sculpture from Mexico

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From California, USA

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10/05/2020

"Wonderful addition to my collection of alebrijes"

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This charming cat is nicely carved and beautifully painted.

Best Uses

  • Display with my other Oaxacan wood carvings

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Fiery Cat, Wood Alebrije Cat Figurine in Orange from Mexico

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Verified Reviewer

05/15/2020

"Beautiful piece!"

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Love the color of this piece. Beautifully hand painted.

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From conroe texas

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03/26/2020

"this lil creature has brought me joy"

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The details of this lil beastie are intricate the colors go with everything. I really get so much joy from this, I thank the artists for their vision.

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Verified Reviewer

02/20/2020

"Beautiful"

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It is a beautiful gift and meaningful art.

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01/26/2020

"exceptional"

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Beautiful craftsmanship. I love it. It was a gift for my daughter and she is thrilled. Everyone on my gift lists may get an alebrije figure this year.

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Lithe Tree Frog, Wood Alebrije Tree Frog Sculpture from Mexico

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

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.

 
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