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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.’ Perhaps the Forest Green Owl Oaxacan Alebrije was seen flying through Linares’ night dreams.
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 Forest Green Owl Oaxacan Alebrije is a playful creature of imagination sure to make us smile. He is an example of alebrije art that is playful and ready to make a mark on your home. Experience the delight and spirit of this creature. The design is creative and welcoming. This is a one of a kind piece from the Mercado de Artesanias in Oaxaca, Mexico.
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Hand crafted in Oaxaca, Mexico of the indigenous Copal wood. Approximately 4 inches tall of dense and local copal wood. Made under fair trade practices and purchased direct from the Mercado de Artesanias of Oaxaca.
One Fair Trade, Forest Green Owl Oaxacan Alebrije.