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Handmade Quetzal Wood Alebrije, "Rainbow Quetzal"

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Colorful though they may be, real quetzals have nothing on this wonderful alebrije sculpture from Mexico's Teresita Gonzalez. The artisan paints the copal wood bird meticulously by hand in a rainbow of colors. Small parts are separated for shipping to protect from breakage.

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 "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.

  • 60 grams
  • 0.1 lbs
  • 39 cm H x 23 cm W x 6 cm D
  • 15.25" H x 9" W x 2.4" 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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14

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03/17/2021

"This is a favorite cat figurine in our collection"

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The artistry is amazing! The piece is meticulously decorated with colors and shapes that engage us in admiration.

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Colorful whimsical happy to look at

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  • Display in our collection

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01/13/2021

"Love these"

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Beautiful pieces.

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  • Decor

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09/13/2020

"He loves his brother alebrije dragon in Blue."

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Fine example of folk art.

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From Palm City, FL

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08/13/2020

"Love and Energy"

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These are so intricately painted and made of very light wood. Great for gift package ornaments, car rearview mirror decoration or a display at work to cheer you up! Pay attention to dimensions, smaller than I expected, but ever so delightful. So pretty, hard to give away, but thats what I bought them for.

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06/10/2020

"Fantastic!"

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This is so cute! The painting was excellent.

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From Albuquerque, New Mexico

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05/03/2020

"Better than the picture"

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This substantial little turtle is more a fine example of alebrije without having the slightly menacing look of many of them. the detail is amazing, and the expression on its face is wonderful - both knowing and olayful. The colors fit well with current decor while retaining a folk art feel.

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

When Teresita was diagnosed with cancer shortly after she gave birth to her first child, doctors told her that her chances of survival were slim, but against all odds Teresita beat and eliminated the cancer that had grown in her. Although her medical treatments were essential to treating her cancer directly, Teresita attributes her recovery to laughter, positivity, and her ability to create art pieces every day. Each of the products that Teresita has made has uniquely given her a piece of strength to carry forward and live life to its absolute fullest. Teresita is known amongst her colleagues as a positive light and is a tremendous example of strength and virtue to all cancer survivors, mothers, and women worldwide.

An artist who creates from the heart, Teresita has turned a dangerous illness into a source of strength and positivity. After the birth of her first child, Teresita was diagnosed with cancer. "My medical treatments aided in my recovery, but I believe that laughter and her ability to make art have helped me to survive," she says. "I try to infuse each piece with my love of life, a positive attitude, and the appreciation I feel for the time I've been given." She is an inspiration to all cancer survivors, mothers, and women worldwide.

Teresita received local recognition and an honorable mention from the Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art Competition (FOFA)- an organization dedicated to promoting traditional handcrafts and folk art of the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

Teresita has continued to preserve her unique technique and pass down her alebrije traditions to the youth in her workshop and use culturally significant materials.

 
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