Copal Wood Alebrije Rhino Figurine in Grey from Mexico, "Grey Rhino"
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Hand-painted with intricate motifs in grey and silver tones, this fascinating rhino figurine is crafted by Mexican duo Zeny and Reyna. They work in the time-honored tradition of alebrije handicrafts, hand-carving the animal 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.
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.