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Handmade Hen Alebrije Sculpture, "Audacious Hen"

This brightly colored hen is the work of artisans Jesus and Roxana Hernandez in... more

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This brightly colored hen is the work of artisans Jesus and Roxana Hernandez in Mexico, who preserve the distinctly Oaxacan folk art form of alebrijes. The sculpture is carved by hand from copal wood before being carefully painted with a dizzying array of colorful motifs.

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 fevered 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 in papier mache. The art form gained popularity, and alebrijes are now made of wood as well as papier mache.

  • 60 grams
  • 0.1 lbs
  • 6.07 cm H x 4.07 cm W x 10 cm D
  • 2.4" H x 1.6" W x 3.9" 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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Patricia

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05/04/2022

"Adorable chicken"

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Love this cutie.

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  • display

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Audacious Hen, Handmade Hen Alebrije Sculpture

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Brenda

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06/22/2022

"Simply beautiful!"

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

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Cat Stretch, Wood Alebrije Figurine Cat in Green from Mexico

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Carol

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06/04/2022

"Keepsake"

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This is one of my keepsakes - made beautifully.

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Brilliant Armadillo, Handmade Folk Art Armadillo Alebrije Sculpture

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Patricia

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05/04/2022

"Too large"

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Workmanship is great, but the scale is too large to be pretty.

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  • (Christmas) tree decoration

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Emily

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04/28/2022

"What an adorable kitty!"

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This little alebrije sculpture is adorable and just the right touch in my eating area. I particularly love the curved tail, which was carefully packaged separately to avoid breakage. This gato makes me smile every time I see it. Gracias, Jesus y Roxana!

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  • Looking cute, drawing attention, making me smile

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Robert

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02/17/2022

"Nice"

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Very nice, but colors are nowhere as vibrant as pictured!

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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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