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Hand-carved Maya Jaguar Wood Sculpture, "Balam"

Sitting patiently with a wide-eyed expression on its face, this balam (jaguar)... more

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Sitting patiently with a wide-eyed expression on its face, this balam (jaguar) sculpture is designed by Jose Canil to honor his ancestors. "Jaguars were regarded as sacred, a deity, by our Maya ancestors and no one was allowed to harm them. Balam is the jaguar god protector of fields and harvest, so ceremonies were held in its honor before sowing," explains the Guatemalan artisan. He carves and paints the pinewood sculpture by hand. "That’s why I love carving jaguar images, they connect me with my Maya roots."

The tail is detachable.

  • 1.22 kgs
  • 2.7 lbs
  • 19.5 cm H x 31 cm W x 18.5 cm D
  • 7.75" H x 12.25" W x 7.25" D

  • Pinewood
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Eco-Friendly: carved from natural and sustainable wood
  • Free Gift Wrap? No
  • Premium Gift Wrap? No
  • Made in Guatemala.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Central America
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Jose suffers from a rare facial nerve paralysis and is currently treating the condition with physical therapy.

Jose is a very talented wood carver. He first learned when he was just ten years old from his father. This art has been passed down for generations and Jose plans to continue the tradition and teach his son how to carve.

Jose Canil Ramos has received 7 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $250 and the most recent for $2100. Proceeds were used to invest in wood, saws, paints, and sandpaper for production.

Jose's work helps generate employment opportunities for those in his community. With the sales from NOVICA, he can employ other artisans and help change the lives of his workers.

Jose hires several people in his community which provides them with a stable income for supporting their families.

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10/24/2017

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"A NEW ADDED TREASURE TO MY COLLECTION"

I was again Very Pleased to receive Balam. The carving is magnificent. Everything about it is a pleasure to look at. Jose Canil Ramos has become an artist I will sure follow

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14 Testimonials for Jose Canil Ramos

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David

Worcester, England

I love ""Paxot Holy Family"" for the beauty of the painting of the figures. It is a centrepiece at Christmas.
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steve

state college pa usa

I adore my St. Francis Statue. I have it displayed in my work office and several people have commented on it. One way to gently share faith. Thank you.
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