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Multicolored Armadillo Alebrije, "Perky Armadillo"

Preserving the Oaxacan folk art tradition of alebrijes, Jesus and Roxana... more

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Preserving the Oaxacan folk art tradition of alebrijes, Jesus and Roxana Hernandez in Mexico create this marvelous armadillo sculpture. The figurine is carved by hand from copal wood and painted with an assortment of motifs in a rainbow of colors. Small parts may be separated for safe shipping.

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 the nonsense word,"alebrije! alebrije!". Upon his recovery, Linares began recreating the fantastical creatures he had seen in his dream in papier mache. The art form gained popularity, and alebrijes are now made of wood as well as papier mache.

  • 60 grams
  • 0.1 lbs
  • 6.05 cm H x 4.07 cm W x 17 cm D
  • 2.4" H x 1.6" W x 6.75" 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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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.

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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.

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