Mexican Hand Painted Copal Wood Alebrije Cat Figurine, "Colorful Feline"
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Unconventional in its coloring but not in its behavior, this alebrije cat enjoys lazing on shelves, bookcases and the like. The small feline is hand-carved from copal wood by artisans from The Zapotec Dream Family Workshop. Demonstrating precision and attention to detail, these artisans paint the cat's floral and geometric design by hand. Yellow and orange hues cover most of the body, while the cat's head and removable tail are pink.
It is said that Oaxaca's alebrije tradition descends directly from Mexico City papier mache artisan Pedro Linares (1906-1992). When he was 30, he became seriously ill and had a dream populated with vividly-colored creatures with body parts belonging to different animals. The beings repeatedly uttered the word alebrije, and when Linares woke up, he recreated these creatures in papier mache. His work eventually influenced wood carvers in the state of Oaxaca who decided to craft alebrijes. Artisans have been making them ever since, imbuing them with a style shaped by Zapotec culture and the rich textile tradition of Oaxaca.
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