Painted Wood Alebrije Figurine of a Squirrel from Mexico, "Awesome Squirrel"
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Adding a touch of Mexican culture to your home decor, this awesome alebrije figurine is crafted by the skilled artisans at Zapotec Dream Family Workshop. They hand-carve the figurine of copal wood to depict a squirrel. It features an elaborate color scheme in tones of purple, green, and brown, hand-painted with multicolored floral designs. The figurine is signed at the bottom.
Alebrijes are a fairly recent Mexican art form, attributed to Pedro Linares. Unconscious due to illness in 1936, he was presumed near death and yet his dreams were extremely vivid. He tells of a place where all was peaceful and quiet until all of a sudden there appeared a lion with an eagle's head, a rooster with bull's horns and a donkey with butterfly wings. They kept screeching "alebrije, alebrije!" and Pedro began running away. He encountered a man who told him it was not yet his time to be there are and he should continue running towards the exit. In this dream Pedro climbed out of a window and regained consciousness.
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