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Pink and Yellow Wood Iguana Alebrije Sculpture from Mexico, "Pink Iguana"

This fantastical pink and yellow iguana alebrije from Oaxaca artisans Jesus and... more

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This fantastical pink and yellow iguana alebrije from Oaxaca artisans Jesus and Roxana Hernandez seems unable to decide on a standard appearance, so it adopts several different facades. The sides look like they're covered in scales, a sky blue spine appears on the back and tail, and the legs have mottled yellow and red skin. Hand carved from copal wood, the iguana's decoration is done by hand.

It is said that Oaxaca's alebrije tradition descends directly from Mexico City papier mache 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.

  • 0.14 kgs
  • 0.3 lbs
  • 6.5 cm H x 23 cm W x 28 cm D
  • 2.6" H x 9" W x 11" 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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Brenda

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06/22/2022

"Simply beautiful!"

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Gorgeous colors, and beautifully intricate design, a little work of art. Thank you!

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Carol

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06/04/2022

"Keepsake"

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This is one of my keepsakes - made beautifully.

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Patricia

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05/04/2022

"Adorable chicken"

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Love this cutie.

Best Uses

  • display

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Patricia

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05/04/2022

"Too large"

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Workmanship is great, but the scale is too large to be pretty.

Best Uses

  • (Christmas) tree decoration

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Emily

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04/28/2022

"What an adorable kitty!"

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This little alebrije sculpture is adorable and just the right touch in my eating area. I particularly love the curved tail, which was carefully packaged separately to avoid breakage. This gato makes me smile every time I see it. Gracias, Jesus y Roxana!

Best Uses

  • Looking cute, drawing attention, making me smile

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Robert

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02/17/2022

"Nice"

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Very nice, but colors are nowhere as vibrant as pictured!

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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.

Job Creator

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.

Young Talent

Young Talent

This artist shows a lot of talent or potential and is in their late teens or twenties.

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