The Aztec Lion Alebrije with Heart of Oaxaca, Mexico is a phenomenal work of carving, design, color and energy. Alebrije artist Joaquin Hernadez used not just creativity but patience, knowledge of color and the power of art as he crafted this rousing beast. Place the Aztec Lion Alebrije of Oaxaca Mexico in a central spot in your home where he can be viewed and appreciated from all sides. Guests will walk around and around, gasping and exclaiming with joy as they absorb the both soothing and exciting geometric patterns of color that make up the body and face of this wild, of wild animals. Enjoy the gentle expression on the lion’s face and the delicate heart painted on his side.
The Mexican Alebrijes of Oaxaca are remarkable and irresistible representations of animals both real and imaginary decorated with flowers, other animals, geometrical designs and color; lots of color.
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 longer and more complete version of the history view Wikipedia and Alebrije.
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Hand crafted in Oaxaca, Mexico of the indigenous Copal wood. Approximately 14 inches long, 12 inches tall with tail up and 5 inches wide carved from one piece of dense copal wood. Made under fair trade practices and purchased direct from the the artist, Joaquin Hernandez of San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico. Tail is removable for safe packing and shipping.
One Fair Trade, approximately 14 inch, Aztec Lion Alebrije with Heart of Oaxaca Mexico, artist signed.