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Modern Turquoise Cat Alebrije Sculpture, "Turquoise Cat"

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In this slightly more modern interpretation of traditional alebrije folk art, a stretching turquoise cat is covered with stripes, dots and spirals. Artisans Pablo and Lucy Mendez of Oaxaca carve the sculpture by hand from copal wood and paint it in meticulous detail. 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.

  • 20 grams
  • 0.71 oz
  • 12 cm H x 9 cm W x 4 cm D
  • 4.7" H x 3.5" W x 1.6" D

  • Copal wood
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Warning: Choking Hazard. Small parts -- not for children under 3 years.
  • Signed by the artist
  • Made in Mexico.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Mexicoicon info
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cydz

From USA

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03/29/2021

"Vibrant fantastical cat!"

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Beautifully crafted little cat. Colors just as vibrant as on my screen, Wrapped very securely in sustainable packaging. Thank you so much!

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Turquoise Cat, Modern Turquoise Cat Alebrije Sculpture

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mary alice's Tsar

From Denver, Colorado, USA

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05/10/2022

"Precioso"

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I will Go back to my grandson for a special occasions when he wins something, it is just a darling beautiful piece

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  • This was a gift for: Grandson
  • Occasion: Winning first place

Cynthia

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05/09/2022

"Cheirish heirloom"

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Love this little guy. The detailing is tremendous. It is in my living room curio cabinet up front and center.

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Fiery Cat, Wood Alebrije Cat Figurine in Orange from Mexico

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Ellen

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05/05/2022

"so happy to add this colorful kitty to my cat collection."

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Has a good heavy feel to it; detailed carvings and paint. It is bright and cheerful. Arrived unbelievably well-packaged!! Love it

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Fiery Cat, Wood Alebrije Cat Figurine in Orange from Mexico

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Anna

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03/21/2022

"I bought this one for me"

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After buying a Golden Cricket for my sister, it was so elegant I had to have one for myself. Part of my Alebrije collection .

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Lisa

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03/18/2022

"Mother-in-law loves cats"

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This was a surprise gift for my mother-in-law. She loves it.

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Fiery Cat, Wood Alebrije Cat Figurine in Orange from Mexico

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  • Occasion: Just because

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Profound Impact

Profound Impact

Pablo’s profits from the alebrij sculptures he creates for NOVICA allow him to create and financially support a healthy life for his wife and two children.

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Job Creator

This artist positively impacts their community through job creation and provides jobs for 2 or more people.

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The Women's Empowerment badge is awarded to female artisans or artisan groups that are led by women.

Enabling Education

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Lucy's income allows her to provide a necessary basic education to their children in their home.

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Moving On Up

This artist has dramatically improved their livelihood by working with NOVICA.

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Lucy financially supports their two children.

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