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Handmade Owl with Ear Tufts Alebrije Figurine from Mexico, "Nocturnal Mystery"

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Long considered a mysterious creature, an owl is made more so by its fantastical design in this terrific example of the Mexican alebrije tradition from Oaxacan artisans Jesus and Roxana Hernandez. A multitude of hand-painted designs in vivid shades cover the body and tufted head of this figurine, carved by hand from copal wood. The artisan pair are helping guide future generations of wood carvers. Says Jesus, "We have four children, who bring us much joy...We want them to learn our art and to preserve and spread it....We are teaching them our craft and also teach our cousins, nieces and nephews."

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
  • 10.5 cm H x 7 cm W x 6 cm D
  • 4.1" H x 2.8" W x 2.4" 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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Phyllis

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01/13/2021

"Very cute"

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Very detailed, great expression

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Judy

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03/09/2018

"Makes Me Smile"

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I purchased two owls from this artist for my owl collection, and I absolutely love them. They will go where I can see them as they make me happy. I am sure I will be ordering another one, although it is a hard decision what color to order. I love all of them.

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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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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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