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Wood Alebrije Swordfish Figurine from Mexico, "Swordfish Mystery"

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Carved of copal wood, this delightful figurine from Mexico depicts a swordfish.... more

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Carved of copal wood, this delightful figurine from Mexico depicts a swordfish. Mexican duo Zeny and Reyna design this "mystery of nature" in the traditional style of alebrije handicrafts. The swordfish features a vibrant, hand-painted finish.

The alebrije tradition started with Mexico City papier mache artisan Pedro Linares (1906-1992). When he was 30, he fell into a coma due to serious illness. While he was unconscious, he dreamed 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. Upon recovering, Linares recreated these figures in bright colors using papier mache techniques and called them alebrijes. His work became famous and was one of the main influences of artisans in the state of Oaxaca who began crafting alebrijes of their own using traditional wood carving methods.

  • 36 grams
  • 1.27 oz
  • 8 cm L x 13.5 cm W x 4.6 cm H
  • 3.1" L x 5.3" W x 1.8" H

  • 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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211

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04/07/2021

"Makes me smile"

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This little cat gave me something to smile about and the coloring is beautiful.

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Magical Cat, Hand Crafted Purple Wood Kittycat Folk Art Sculpture

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04/06/2021

"A great addition to my collection"

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Absolutely stunning! Exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail.

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04/06/2021

"The star of my collection!"

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Absolutely stunning! Exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail.

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04/01/2021

"Prominent fixture in my alebreje menagerie."

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Beautiful, colorful, unique, and incredibly priced for such a time and labor intensive work of art. It is prominently displayed among many other animals in my alebreje menagerie.

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Unique colorful and beautiful work of art.

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03/24/2021

"Muy Hermosa"

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The Cat of the Sun is even more beautiful than the photos. He looks terrific next to The Cat of the Moon and Water.

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Cat of the Sun, Mexico Oaxaca Folk Art Alebrije Mystical Cat Sculpture

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03/24/2021

"Striking Work of Art"

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Beautiful colors and imagination! The Cat of the Moon and Water is a great companion to The Cat of the Sun.

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Cat of the Moon and Water, Mexico Alebrije Mystical Cat Sculpture Oaxaca Folk Art

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.

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.

This artist supports children under the age of 18.

 
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