The Alebrje Mexican folk art can help us keep certain animals, such as the armadillo, alive as part of our national and international conversations with regard to endangered species. “In a world that is losing its biodiversity at an alarming rate, every animal should be taken seriously, not just as a part of the world we share but as a reservoir of genetic information that could be invaluable in the future. People seem to have a tendency to save only the “cute” animals, but each one is as important as any other. “So, why armadillos?” you ask. “Aren’t there thousands of them all over the southwest?” The answer is yes — there are quite a few armadillos in the United States and Mexico. However, all of these animals represent only one species of armadillo, the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus). This is only one of about twenty kinds of armadillo, and several of the others are endangered.” – from Armadillo Online (http://armadillo-online.org/armadillos.html) And if you wish to have an Armadillo you can have this one-of-a-kind Mexican Alebrije Armadillo SouthWest.
The Mexican Armadillo Alebrije of Oaxaca is a remarkable and irresistible representation of the armadillo decorated in colors and designs of the SouthWest.
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.
With his long skinny tail extended and his exquisite coat of armour on his back, the Mexican Alebrije Armadillo SouthWest is a phenomenal feat of artistic talent. He should be added to an alebrije collection or set independently as the spotlight of your mantle. This is a beautiful, one of a kind piece, 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. His body is approximately 6.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches of dense and heavy copal wood. Add 9 more inches to include his long and highly decorated tail. Made under fair trade practices and purchased direct from the artist.
One Fair Trade Mexican Alebrije Armadillo SouthWest of Oaxaca, signed by artist Joaquin Hernandez.