Handcrafted Copal Wood Alebrije Bird Ornament
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.
- Copal wood
- Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
- Signed by the artist
- Some assembly required
- Warning: Choking Hazard. Small parts -- not for children under 3 years.
- 1 oz
- Each: 3.1 inches H x 6 inches W x 4.1 inches D
- Ribbon length: 4.3 inches L
- Made in Mexico
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