icon handOver $114.2 million USD sent to artisans so far!

Similar Items

Wood alebrije sculpture, 'Crafty Cat' - Mexican Alebrije Cat Sculpture

Product ID: 403918

Mexican Alebrije Cat Sculpture, "Crafty Cat"

byZeny and Reyna: icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star (256)
Working with native copal wood, Mexico's Zeny and Reyna create this wonderful... more

Coming Back!

This item is available for backorder and will ship within 2 to 8 weeks. Read more

Pre-Order Now!

This item is available for pre-order and will ship within 2 to 8 weeks. Read more

Details

Working with native copal wood, Mexico's Zeny and Reyna create this wonderful alebrije sculpture, a popular traditional folk art of Oaxaca. The cat is painted in loving detail with an orange-red coat and bright green eyes. 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.

  • 0.80 kgs
  • 1.8 lbs
  • 20 cm H x 11 cm W x 42 cm D
  • 7.75" H x 4.3" W x 16.5" 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
Gift Info
  • Free Gift Wrap? No
  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes

Customer Reviews

Purchased this? Leave your review.

Artist rating

icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star

Total reviews

256

Caroline

From Kew Gardens, NY USA

Verified Reviewer

08/28/2021

"I bought three of these!"

icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star

I love this giraffe. It is truly elegant and very well made and painted. I gave one as a gift and kept the other two.

Purchased Item:

Pearly Giraffe, Wood Alebrije Giraffe Figurine in Grey from Mexico

Was This Review Helpful?

icon likeYes (0) No (0)

Caroline

From Kew Gardens, NY USA

Verified Reviewer

08/28/2021

"Cheerful Iguana"

icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star

This sculpture cheers me up each time I look at it. It has a beautiful face and is bright and vibrant.

Was This Review Helpful?

icon likeYes (0) No (0)

Debra

Verified Reviewer

08/24/2021

"Delicate exquisite beauty; floats in the air"

icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star

It is hard to believe that someone was able to create this amazing piece of art. I love when the light hits it, it really shines!

Best Uses

  • Flying over my kitchen island

Was This Review Helpful?

icon likeYes (0) No (0)

Marnie

Verified Reviewer

08/19/2021

"This alebrije is very colorful"

icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star

This is a very colorful and detailed alebrije. I should say, however, that it is so much smaller than I expected, even though I thought I read the size description. It is too small to really enjoy the colors and the figure. So please be aware of its size.

Purchased Item:

Colorful Peacock, Hand-Painted Alebrije Wood Peacock Sculpture from Mexico

Was This Review Helpful?

icon likeYes (0) No (0)

Mayra

Verified Reviewer

08/10/2021

"Just fun!"

icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star

Well crafted and just a beautiful piece of art. Love the colors, great addition to my collection.

Was This Review Helpful?

icon likeYes (0) No (0)

Fran

Verified Reviewer

08/02/2021

"My little spirit cat"

icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star

I call him Chaney in honor of my favorite cat who passed away years ago. This little guy is so sweet and I see him all day as he sits next to my computer. The carving, paint job and design are wonderful though mine isnt shiny so the colors arent as bright as in the photo. It came well padded and in one piece. Im now buying the little green porcupine.

Was This Review Helpful?

icon likeYes (0) No (0)

Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

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

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.

This artist supports children under the age of 18.

View all

More from this Artist

 
icon up
BACK TO TOP

Your NOVICA Packages are Safe and Secure!

NOVICA's response to COVID 19

Every NOVICA item comes with our universal guarantee

Certified clean packing environment

Quality tested and verified by our region teams

Fair trade and 100% happiness guaranteed