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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
  • Warning: Choking Hazard. Small parts -- not for children under 3 years.
  • 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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Pat

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10/11/2021

"Beautiful"

Well-made and vibrant

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  • 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!

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  • 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

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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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Molly

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08/15/2022

"Love it!"

Super Cute and well made. Love it!

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Chuck

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08/11/2022

"Beautiful Artwork"

Bright vibrant colors, easy to assemble. Hangs in the kitchen window and brightens our every day!

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Wife
  • Occasion: Christmas

Nick

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07/22/2022

"Genuinely delightful"

An absolute hit as a present! This little porcupine is beautifully made and decorated and quite charming.

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Kathy

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07/11/2022

"Nocturnal cat"

Beautiful colors

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Christine

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07/09/2022

"Beautiful"

Wonderful creations that are very delicate

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Mike

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07/01/2022

"Brightens the room"

Beautiful carving !!!

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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.

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