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Wood alebrije sculpture, 'Cat Meditating' - Small Meditating Cat Alebrije Sculpture from Mexico

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Small Meditating Cat Alebrije Sculpture from Mexico, "Cat Meditating"

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To craft this unique small sculpture of a cat meditating in the lotus position... more

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To craft this unique small sculpture of a cat 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. Colorful mandalas are painted on the front and back of the black cat, while myriad patterns in blue, green, orange and purple adorn the rest of the cat's body and tail. Small parts are separated for shipping to protect from breakage.

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.

  • 50 grams
  • 0.1 lbs
  • 11 cm H x 5 cm W x 10 cm D
  • 4.3" H x 2" W x 3.9" D

  • Copal wood
  • 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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Henry

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10/10/2021

"Love it. Very nice workmanship."

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Slightly disappointed that a couple of the feathers do not fit snug in place and tend to fall out. I don t want to glue them in so do you have any advice on how to secure the feathers?

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Therese

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10/05/2021

"Beautiful"

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The crafting of the bird is well done. The colors outstanding.

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From California

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09/28/2021

"Beautiful piece from Teresita."

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Teresitas art works are becoming less available. I wanted to add to my collection since her art pieces are incredible.

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Patricia

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08/26/2021

"So Beautiful"

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This is such a beautiful piece of artwork! I am so happy with my choice. Teresita does very beautiful work. I will buy again from her

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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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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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Overcoming Cancer

Overcoming Cancer

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.

Empowering Women

Empowering Women

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.

Preserving Traditions

Preserving Traditions

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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