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Wood alebrije sculpture, 'Reverent Blue Deer' - Blue Deer Alebrije Folk Art Sculpture from Oaxacan Artisans Curate

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Blue Deer Alebrije Folk Art Sculpture from Oaxacan Artisans, "Reverent Blue Deer"

Husband and wife duo Zeny and Reyna from Oaxaca grew up with the tradition of... more

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Husband and wife duo Zeny and Reyna from Oaxaca grew up with the tradition of carving alebrijes (fantastical figurines of real and imagined animals); both of their parents were master carvers in that region's traditional folk art. Here they create a remarkable blue deer, wonderfully detailed with antlers, ears and hooves. The deer's submissive pose is not accidental; the artisans wanted to convey a reverence to the cosmos. The animal is carved by hand from copal wood and painted in lavish detail.

It is said that Oaxaca's alebrije tradition descends directly from Mexico City artisan Pedro Linares (1906-1992). When he was 30, he became seriously ill and fell into a sort of coma. While he was unconscious, he had a most fantastic dream. 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, and when Linares woke up, he recreated these figures in vivid colors using papier mache techniques and called them alebrijes . His work became famous and eventually influenced artisans in the state of Oaxaca who decided to craft alebrijes using traditional wood carving methods and according to that region's world vision.

  • 0.16 kgs
  • 0.4 lbs
  • 28 cm H x 29.5 cm W x 9 cm D
  • 11" H x 11.5" W x 3.5" D

  • Copal wood
  • Some assembly required
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Free Gift Wrap? No
  • Premium Gift Wrap? No
  • Made in Mexico.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Mexico
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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.

Product Reviews By Customers

4 Testimonials for Zeny and Reyna


I got my coyote yesterday and really love it. It's very beautiful. Thanks so much!!


Lima, Ohio, USA

Thank you Zeny and Reyna. I bought the ""Playful Blue Kitten"" as a gift for a friend of mine. She loves it! The details are amazing the kitten's expression and pose just too precious. I have several Zeny and Reyna pieces myself, but always like to see what new items are offered. They make great gifts!


Lima, Ohio, USA