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Mexican Hand Decorated Copal Wood Owl Alebrije Sculpture, "Dream Owl"

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Looking every bit the product of a fever dream that alebrijes are, this outlandishly-decorated owl sculpture is crafted by hand from copal wood by Mexican artisans Jesus and Roxana Hernandez. "Mastering the art of alebrijes requires practice, discipline and much love," says Jesus. "Roxana is expert at decorating the sculptures and her delicate hands convey beauty, from fine geometric patterns to flowers. Her designs are unique and elegantly detailed."

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
  • 9.5 cm H x 5 cm W x 5 cm D
  • 3.7" H x 2" W x 2" 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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Judith

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07/16/2019

"I love this owl"

I love this owl. Its beautiful.

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Dream Owl, Mexican Hand Decorated Copal Wood Owl Alebrije Sculpture

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Edward

From Ferndale, Micihgian

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06/08/2019

"A small but practical keepsake"

I am delighted with the quality of this little owl.

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Dream Owl, Mexican Hand Decorated Copal Wood Owl Alebrije Sculpture

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Carol

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07/28/2022

"A beautiful addition to my hummingbird collection"

It is hanging over the table so that I can see it every day! Beautiful!

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New Mexico

From Albuquerque

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07/08/2022

"Beautiful Ornaments!"

These are exquisitely painted and so delicate! My daughter has a whole Christmas tree of Chicken ornaments, and these are so colorful and lovely!

Best Uses

  • Tree ornaments, or just small accents!

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Daughter
  • Occasion: Christmas

Mike

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07/06/2022

"Brightens the room"

Jesus & Roxanna right now are My favorite alebrije artisans = Job Super WELL DONE = Works of ART !!!

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Monkey in Chaos, Wood Monkey Alebrije Figure Hiding His Eyes From Oaxaca

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Mike

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07/06/2022

"Brightens the room"

Super Great trio of monkeys - Beautifully painted & Detailed = VERY VERY Satisfied !!!

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Surprised Monkey, Copal Wood Alebrije Carving of Multicolored Monkey

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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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