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Handmade Cat Alebrije, "Cosmic Cat"

Owls accompany a fantastic cat as it prowls the night, tail held high. Working... more

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Owls accompany a fantastic cat as it prowls the night, tail held high. Working in the traditional Oaxacan folk art style, Mexico's Zeny and Reyna create this wonderful alebrije sculpture. To achieve the fine detail, the artisans use a maguey thorn to paint the designs. The folk art tradition of alebrijes dates back to the 1930's in Mexico City. A man named Pedro Linares was taken ill, and in his feverish dreams he saw a strange land populated with curious creatures--a donkey with wings, a rooster with bull's horns, and a lion with the head of a dog. The beasts all ran at him, shouting the nonsense word "alebrije! alebrije!". Upon his recovery, Linares began recreating the fantastical creatures he had seen in his dream. The art form gained popularity, and alebrijes are now made of wood as well as papier mache.

  • 0.50 kgs
  • 1.1 lbs
  • 30 cm H x 9 cm W x 24 cm D
  • 11.75" H x 3.5" W x 9.5" 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? Yes

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Beth

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05/20/2022

"Vivid and fun"

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I ordered this as a gift for my Mom, and she loves it! The colors are stunning and the cats expression is adorable. I will certainly buy from these artisans again! Their work is gorgeous.

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Mother
  • Occasion: birthday

Lynn

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05/15/2022

"A delightful addition!"

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This hummingbird sculpture is so well done- beautifully carved and painted. I love the interpretation of flight. It is unique and this little guy adds much joy and whimsy to my space!

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From Denver, Colorado, USA

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05/10/2022

"Amazing piece"

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I have bought it To save it for a gift for one of my grandchildren. I actually have bought three and will continue purchasing more because they are amazing

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Granddaughter
  • Occasion: birthday

Bab

From Sweden

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05/09/2022

"Cute Porcupine"

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Its more beautiful than on the photo.

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Patricia

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05/04/2022

"This is now a cherished heirloom"

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Gifted at Christmas, and well appreciated.

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Jeanne

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05/01/2022

"Delightful!"

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I am very pleased with this colorful cat! It is very well made and exactly as shown on the website. It was also very well packed.

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

Preserving Traditions

Preserving Traditions

This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.

Microcredit Financing

Microcredit Financing

Zeny and Reyna has received 2 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1200 and the most recent for $2500.

Caring for Children

Caring for Children

This artist supports children under the age of 18.

 
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