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Wood alebrije figurine, 'Owl Joy' - Handcrafted Copal Wood Alebrije Owl Figurine from Mexico

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Handcrafted Copal Wood Alebrije Owl Figurine from Mexico, "Owl Joy"

Painted in happy shades of spring green, sunrise orange, and violet, this... more

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Painted in happy shades of spring green, sunrise orange, and violet, this charming owl figurine is sure to brighten up any room. Artisans Jesus and Roxana Hernandez handcraft the owl from copal wood, decorating it with the detailed motifs that give alebrijes their distinctive appearance.

The alebrije tradition started with Mexico City papier mache artisan Pedro Linares (1906-1992). When he was 30, he fell into a coma due to serious illness. While he was unconscious, he dreamed 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. Upon recovering, Linares recreated these figures in bright colors using papier mache techniques and called them alebrijes. His work became famous and was one of the main influences of artisans in the state of Oaxaca who began crafting alebrijes of their own using traditional wood carving methods.

  • 60 grams
  • 0.1 lbs
  • 9.5 cm H x 5 cm W x 5 cm D
  • 3.7" H x 2" W x 2" D

  • Copal wood
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Signed by the artist
  • Made in Mexico.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Mexicoicon info
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  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes

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Carol

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07/28/2022

"A beautiful addition to my hummingbird collection"

It is hanging over the table so that I can see it every day! Beautiful!

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07/08/2022

"Beautiful Ornaments!"

These are exquisitely painted and so delicate! My daughter has a whole Christmas tree of Chicken ornaments, and these are so colorful and lovely!

Best Uses

  • Tree ornaments, or just small accents!

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Daughter
  • Occasion: Christmas

Mike

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07/06/2022

"Brightens the room"

Jesus & Roxanna right now are My favorite alebrije artisans = Job Super WELL DONE = Works of ART !!!

Purchased Item:

Monkey in Chaos, Wood Monkey Alebrije Figure Hiding His Eyes From Oaxaca

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Mike

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07/06/2022

"Brightens the room"

Super Great trio of monkeys - Beautifully painted & Detailed = VERY VERY Satisfied !!!

Purchased Item:

Surprised Monkey, Copal Wood Alebrije Carving of Multicolored Monkey

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Mike

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07/06/2022

"Brightens the room"

Probably 1of thee best of my collection = so colorful - bright amazing colors - so detailed and a Very good size = Well worth the $$$

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Brenda

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06/22/2022

"Simply beautiful!"

Gorgeous colors, and beautifully intricate design, a little work of art. Thank you!

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Preserving Traditions

Preserving Traditions

Roxana has flourished by continuing to use traditional techniques in her alebrije art and continues to pass down her craft to her grandchildren, as her elders had passed down to her.

Enabling Education

Enabling Education

They financially support all four of their children through school so that they may have better opportunities in their future careers.

Job Creator

Job Creator

Roxana has been able to build her workshop over the years and now gives work to other artisans in her community.

Caring for Children

Caring for Children

Jesus and Roxana are both incredibly dedicated parents and financially support their four children together.

Young Talent

Young Talent

This artist shows a lot of talent or potential and is in their late teens or twenties.

 
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