The Mexican hairy dwarf porcupine is a solitary, quiet creature. It hides in the same place day after day, only venturing our at night to snack on leaves, fruit, young buds and seeds. The Oaxacan Alebrije Artists choose to create their own versions of Porcupines without hair and in a rainbow of different colors and color patterns. Place your Blue Porcupine Alebrije of Oaxaca, Mexico in a place of prominence in your home and enjoy the exclamations and gasps when people see him.
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 9 by 8 by 9 inches. Made under fair trade practices and purchased direct from the artist.
One Fair Trade, approximately 9 inch, Blue Porcupine Alebrije of Oaxaca, Mexico signed by the artist, Joaquin Hernandez.