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Wood alebrije sculpture, 'Panda Meditating' - Small Hand Painted Panda Alebrije Figurine

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Small Hand Painted Panda Alebrije Figurine, "Panda Meditating"

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To craft this unique small sculpture of a panda bear meditating in the lotus... more

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To craft this unique small sculpture of a panda bear meditating in the lotus position, Teresita Gonzales in Mexico first carves the piece by hand from copal wood and allows it to cure for 1-2 months. The figurine is then painted by hand in the style of traditional Oaxacan alebrije folk art sculptures. A purple mandala is painted on the front of the panda, while myriad patterns in blue, green and orange adorn the rest of the panda's body.

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.

  • 61 grams
  • 0.1 lbs
  • 10 cm H x 6 cm W x 6 cm D
  • 3.9" H x 2.4" W x 2.4" D

  • Copal wood
  • 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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Helen

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07/30/2021

"Darling Coyote!"

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I have purchased several of Teresita s alebrijes and they are fabulous! The colors and details are perfect. Will continue buying this talented artist s work!

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Howl, Multi-Color Copal Wood Howling Coyote Alebrije Figurine

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Helen

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07/30/2021

"Beautiful hummingbird!"

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Birthday gift for my daughter-in-law who is an artist. She loves the hummingbird with all its intricate details and beautiful colors!

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Brilliant Hummingbird, Handmade Hummingbird Wood Alebrije Sculpture

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Dralene

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07/12/2021

"Such a treasure!"

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Love my beautiful hanging colorful birds (have both versions), the artwork is amazingly detailed and so colorful. Brightens up the room and my day - everyday!

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Margaret

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07/01/2021

"Beautiful Flying Hummingbird sculpture"

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I love the colors of this item. They are bright and cheerful. The item came in a timely fashion and was very well packaged. I had a little trouble getting one on the wings to stay in place after inserting it but after giving it a little twist it has stayed where it belongs ever since. i would definitely buy this again.

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colorful cute whimsical pretty

Best Uses

  • Best used as a decorative object in an area where it can hang freely

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Brilliant Hummingbird, Handmade Hummingbird Wood Alebrije Sculpture

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Victoria

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05/05/2021

"Vivid colors!"

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I absolutely love this colorful rabbit. It is beautifully carved by the artist. I have it prominently displayed in our family room where it is admired. I would highly recommend this carving to others.

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Big-Eared Rabbit, Hand-Painted Wood Alebrije Rabbit Sculpture from Mexico

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Nanette

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04/23/2021

"Gorgeous addition to menagerie"

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I am so pe=leased with this Howl. Colors are beautiful

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Howl, Multi-Color Copal Wood Howling Coyote Alebrije Figurine

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

When Teresita was diagnosed with cancer shortly after she gave birth to her first child, doctors told her that her chances of survival were slim, but against all odds Teresita beat and eliminated the cancer that had grown in her. Although her medical treatments were essential to treating her cancer directly, Teresita attributes her recovery to laughter, positivity, and her ability to create art pieces every day. Each of the products that Teresita has made has uniquely given her a piece of strength to carry forward and live life to its absolute fullest. Teresita is known amongst her colleagues as a positive light and is a tremendous example of strength and virtue to all cancer survivors, mothers, and women worldwide.

An artist who creates from the heart, Teresita has turned a dangerous illness into a source of strength and positivity. After the birth of her first child, Teresita was diagnosed with cancer. "My medical treatments aided in my recovery, but I believe that laughter and her ability to make art have helped me to survive," she says. "I try to infuse each piece with my love of life, a positive attitude, and the appreciation I feel for the time I've been given." She is an inspiration to all cancer survivors, mothers, and women worldwide.

Teresita received local recognition and an honorable mention from the Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art Competition (FOFA)- an organization dedicated to promoting traditional handcrafts and folk art of the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

Teresita has continued to preserve her unique technique and pass down her alebrije traditions to the youth in her workshop and use culturally significant materials.

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