Wood Alebrije Fish Figurine with Hand Painted Floral Motif, "Otherworldly Fish"
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A magnificent whale's tail combines with bulging eyes, extended fins, and a small pursed mouth to distinguish this diminutive alebrije figurine. Designed and hand-carved by the skilled artisans at Mexico's The Zapotec Dream Family Workshop, the sculpted figure depicts a fish with phantasmagorical qualities. Hand painted in purple and pink hues, the sea animal is meticulously decorated, with special attention paid to the floral motif on its tail. This copal wood figurine is a great way to add color and folklore to any corner of your home.
It is said that Oaxaca's alebrije tradition descends directly from Mexico City papier mache artisan Pedro Linares (1906-1992). When he was 30, he became seriously ill and had a dream populated with vividly-colored creatures with body parts belonging to different animals. The beings repeatedly uttered the word alebrije, and when Linares woke up, he recreated these creatures in papier mache. His work eventually influenced wood carvers in the state of Oaxaca who decided to craft alebrijes. Artisans have been making them ever since, imbuing them with a style shaped by Zapotec culture and the rich textile tradition of Oaxaca.
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