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Multicolored Wood Snail Alebrije Figurine from Mexico, "Rainbow Snail"

Husband and wife duo Zeny and Reyna from Oaxaca grew up with the tradition of... more

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Husband and wife duo Zeny and Reyna from Oaxaca grew up with the tradition of carving alebrijes (fantastical figurines of real and imagined animals); both of their parents were master carvers in that region's traditional folk art. Here they create a wonderfully colorful snail in great detail. The snail is carved by hand from copal wood and painted in a wide array of meticulous patterns.

Small parts are separated for shipping to protect from breakage.It is said that Oaxaca's alebrije tradition descends directly from Mexico City artisan Pedro Linares (1906-1992). When he was 30, he became seriously ill and fell into a sort of coma. While he was unconscious, he had a most fantastic dream. 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, and when Linares woke up, he recreated these figures in vivid colors using papier mache techniques and called them alebrijes . His work became famous and eventually influenced artisans in the state of Oaxaca who decided to craft alebrijes using traditional wood carving methods and according to that region's world vision.

  • 0.12 kgs
  • 0.3 lbs
  • 9.8 cm H x 15.5 cm W x 9 cm D
  • 3.9" H x 6" W x 3.5" D

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

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10/11/2021

"Beautiful"

Well-made and vibrant

Best Uses

  • Decor

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Therese

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05/06/2021

"Splendid!"

This snail is so lovely in person. The colors are rich and alive!

Best Uses

  • Enjoyment

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Nanette

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04/23/2021

"Cute but too large"

Love the detail, just a lot larger than I expected, kind of out of proportion.

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Raymond

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09/23/2018

"display item"

very well done

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Judy

From OH

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06/18/2018

"Wow! The Rainbow Snail is amazing!"

Thank you Zeny and Reyna for another spectacular piece! The details are amazing. I will eventually use this with children as a visual to go with the book Snail Girl (a Navajo story). It has been so much fun to add to my Oaxacan alebrije collection with treasures from Novica.

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Dorothy

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03/31/2024

"Wonderful piece artfully done,"

The “Cat of the Moon and Water” is a stand out work of art.

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Kathy

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01/12/2024

"love alebrije!"

adorable little dragon with excellent, beautifully executed painting

Purchased Item:

Dramatic Dragon, Fuchsia Alebrije Dragon with Multicolor Hand Painted Motifs

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Deb

From Michigan

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11/05/2023

"Tiny little gem!"

This tiny little guy is so cute I felt he needed a buddy, so I ordered another in a different color! Such amazing detail work - thank-you!

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Shelley

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09/07/2023

"Talented red cat with ball."

This red cat shares her joy at playing with her ball. She is a lot of fun. Thanks!

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Shelley

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09/07/2023

"Happy cat loves sitting on my shelf and making me feel cheerful."

This pink spotted cat is a relaxed and wonderful addition to my cat collection.

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Judy

From OH

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07/19/2023

"Wow! Such amazing detials!"

I knew as soon as I saw this treasure I had to buy it! -- Painted with the wisdom of turtles (just one symbolism for turtles). Now they also have available a blue bull with fish! So tempting! The painting details and carving of the bull are just incredible. Perfection! I am always in awe when I receive these pieces from Zeny and Reyna. So happy to see that more of their artworks are available here on Novica.

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