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Handcrafted Wood Hanging Hummingbird Alebrije Sculpture, "Garden Hummingbird"

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Poised and ready to swoop in at the first sight of nectar is this inventively... more

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Poised and ready to swoop in at the first sight of nectar is this inventively decorated hanging hummingbird alebrije from Mexican artisans Jesus and Roxana Hernandez of Oaxaca. Carved by hand from copal wood, the bird's red and purple body is adorned with small yellow blossoms. The removable wings and tail feathers are green and terracotta with yellow tips. The bird can be hung using the metal ring on its back. Small parts are separated for shipping to protect from breakage.

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.

  • 20 grams
  • 0.71 oz
  • 13 cm H x 21.5 cm W x 15.5 cm D
  • 5" H x 8.5" W x 6" D

  • Copal wood
  • Some assembly required
  • Signed by the artist
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Warning: Choking Hazard. Small parts -- not for children under 3 years.
  • Made in Mexico.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Mexicoicon info
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04/18/2021

"Brilliant Armadillo"

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This is a fabulous work of art! The details and lovely patterns are truly wonderful!

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Brilliant Armadillo, Handmade Folk Art Armadillo Alebrije Sculpture

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04/01/2021

"Awesome Turtle"

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Beautiful colors - Highly detailed - A Work of Art - Very Satisfied !!!

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03/12/2021

"armadillo wood sculpture"

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Exquisite and wonderful. I was excited and so pleased to receive such a treasure.

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  • gift, home decoration for any room

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Brilliant Armadillo, Handmade Folk Art Armadillo Alebrije Sculpture

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02/20/2021

"Sweet puppies"

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These are such sweet, well carved little dogs, and I love the choice of colors.

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Sweet Puppies, Painted Wood Alebrije Dog Ornaments (Set of 5) from Mexico

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02/18/2021

"An Armadillo"

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This is beautifully made. It is a piece of art that has a center spot in my living room. The colors and design are wonderful! One of my favorites now!! Thank you so much!!

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02/16/2021

"Makes me happy!"

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After a recent trip to Mexico, I became enchanted with alebrijes, and am now am acquiring a collection of my own. Each one is unique, and I smile every time I look at them. This item is one of the first that I bought, and it is simply outstanding. it is one of my favorites.

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

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.

Roxana has been awarded 2nd place in the 2018 State Wood Carvings Contest as well as the 2015 Grand Master Award for the best Artisan Heritage piece of Mexico.

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

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

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

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

 
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