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Legend tells us that the first alebrijes were seen a dream by Pedro Linares. Linares fell sick and during his convalescence he dreamt of a jungle filled with fantastical animals in every hue and color and with mixed up parts. Butterfly wings might be on a giraffe. Unicorns cavort with eagle headed lions and frogs have horns. The animals were making a clamor and the only word that Linares could remember was ‘alebrijes.’ Upon his recovery, Linares began to re-create the creature of his dreams in paper mache and he called them ‘alebrijes.’
In the 1980’s and with a history of carving animals, Oaxacan artists began creating the alebrijes that we know today; the colorful wooden animals often in dreamlike designs and color patterns. For a much longer version of the history view Wikipedia and Alebrije.
The Coyote in colors of the desert accented with just a touch of sky blue is a remarkable expression of the artist’s patience, painting abilities and creativity. Enjoy this one of a kind alebrije, signed by the artist, Joaquin Hernadez of San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico.
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Hand crafted in Oaxaca, Mexico of the indigenous Copal wood. Approximately 11 by 7 by 3.5 inches of dense and heavy copal wood. Made under fair trade practices and purchased direct from the artist and/or his family. The Gold Coyote is signed by the artist Joaquin Hernandez.
One Fair Trade Gold Coyote Alebrije.