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Wood alebrije figurine, 'Night Fantasy' - Wood Owl Sculpture with Hand Painted Star Design from Mexico

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Wood Owl Sculpture with Hand Painted Star Design from Mexico, "Night Fantasy"

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A swirling star design atop its head distinguishes this hand-painted alebrije... more

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A swirling star design atop its head distinguishes this hand-painted alebrije owl from Oaxacan artisans Jesus and Roxana Hernandez. "We're an artisan family and we strive to improve our skills day by day....So we take on the challenge of creating innovative designs," states Jesus. The whimsical figurine is carved by hand from copal wood.

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.

  • 60 grams
  • 0.1 lbs
  • 9.5 cm H x 5 cm W x 5 cm D
  • 3.7" H x 2" W x 2" 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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Patricia

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01/13/2019

"Well received holiday gift!"

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I gave this amazingly well done and beautiful little owl to a very close friend who collects both owls and examples of excellent artwork from various cultures as he is an anthropologist. He was thrilled to receive this owl which is both! It has an honored place in his collection. Thank you so much!

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Judy

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03/09/2018

"So Cute"

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Very talented artist. It is one of the cutest owls I have in my collection. I will find a special place to put it. The owl was received in perfect condition, and it got here very quickly. Thanks.

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Ida

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07/19/2021

"Rabbit rabbit, whos got the rabbit?"

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Ive got several of the Hernandez rabbits and what delightful creatures they are! Along with many other Novica alebrijes purchases they will be adorning the cover of a book that Im writing.

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Dan

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07/15/2021

"Delightful Coyote!"

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Love this little guy. Beautiful craftmanship, just as in the picture. Small, but perfectly formed with lovely colors. Highly recommend... so tempted to buy more alebrijes now

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Timothy

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07/01/2021

"Outstanding and Handsome"

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These little guys couldnt be any cuter. I love the different colors and their diminutive size. The detailing is excellent as well. Many thanks to Jesus and Roxana and of course Novica. I absolutely recommend them!

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Pamela

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06/23/2021

"Brings a smile to my face!!"

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This ornament is so well made and painted so it looks magical ! I love birds but especially hummingbirds! I hung it over a plant in the kitchen. Its a real conversational piece ! Makes me smile.

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

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.

Roxana has been awarded 2nd place in the 2018 State Wood Carvings Contest as well as the 2015 Grand Master Award for the best Artisan Heritage piece of Mexico.

They financially support all four of their children through school so that they may have better opportunities in their future careers.

Roxana has been able to build her workshop over the years and now gives work to other artisans in her community.

Jesus and Roxana are both incredibly dedicated parents and financially support their four children together.

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

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