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

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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
  • Some assembly required
  • 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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186

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09/23/2018

"display item"

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very well done

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Rainbow Snail, Multicolored Wood Snail Alebrije Figurine from Mexico

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06/18/2018

"Wow! The Rainbow Snail is amazing!"

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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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Rainbow Snail, Multicolored Wood Snail Alebrije Figurine from Mexico

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01/20/2021

"Added to my Collection"

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Received this product yesterday. Love it. It is not the bronze kitty, it is wood but still love it.

Best Uses

  • I have a collection of kitties from different countries and artists
  • Many materials
  • Added to collection

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01/17/2021

"Darling cat"

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Just returned from Quintana Roo in November. I had been looking for Alebrijes there but they were all too big. Found this darling cat and the size was perfect for my collection. It took awhile to arrive (covid slow downs) but was worth the wait. It was very carefully packed and arrived safely. Will definitely be on the look out for more.

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From Virginia

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01/16/2021

"Absolutely beautiful"

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This beautiful creature absolutely takes my breath away. So detailed and airy.

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Colorful Hummingbird, Multi Color Hummingbird Alebrije Sculpture Crafted by Hand

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From UT

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01/16/2021

"gorgeous creature"

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This is a captivating little porcupine. Absolutely perfect.

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.

Zeny and Reyna has received 2 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1200 and the most recent for $2500.

This artist supports children under the age of 18.

 
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