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Signed Multicolored Wood Chihuahua Alebrije, "Black Chihuahua"

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This delightful alebrije sculpture is the original creation of Mexico's Pablo... more

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This delightful alebrije sculpture is the original creation of Mexico's Pablo and Lucy Mendez. The perky chihuahua is carved by hand from copal wood before being painted in meticulous detail. Suns, stars, spirals and fretwork in an array of colors cover the sculpture.

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

  • 60 grams
  • 0.1 lbs
  • 11 cm H x 10 cm W x 4 cm D
  • 4.3" H x 3.9" W x 1.6" 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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10/22/2020

"Stunning"

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The colors and details are perfect!

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Lithe Tree Frog, Wood Alebrije Tree Frog Sculpture from Mexico

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From California, USA

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10/05/2020

"Wonderful addition to my collection of alebrijes"

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This charming cat is nicely carved and beautifully painted.

Best Uses

  • Display with my other Oaxacan wood carvings

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Fiery Cat, Wood Alebrije Cat Figurine in Orange from Mexico

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Verified Reviewer

05/15/2020

"Beautiful piece!"

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Love the color of this piece. Beautifully hand painted.

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From conroe texas

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03/26/2020

"this lil creature has brought me joy"

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The details of this lil beastie are intricate the colors go with everything. I really get so much joy from this, I thank the artists for their vision.

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02/20/2020

"Beautiful"

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It is a beautiful gift and meaningful art.

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01/26/2020

"exceptional"

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Beautiful craftsmanship. I love it. It was a gift for my daughter and she is thrilled. Everyone on my gift lists may get an alebrije figure this year.

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Lithe Tree Frog, Wood Alebrije Tree Frog Sculpture from Mexico

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

Pablo’s profits from the alebrij sculptures he creates for NOVICA allow him to create and financially support a healthy life for his wife and two children.

This artist positively impacts their community through job creation and provides jobs for 2 or more people.

The Women's Empowerment badge is awarded to female artisans or artisan groups that are led by women.

Lucy's income allows her to provide a necessary basic education to their children in their home.

Pablo won 2nd Place in the Carved Wood Contest in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

This artist has dramatically improved their livelihood by working with NOVICA.

Lucy financially supports their two children.

 
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