This peacock is a remarkable burst of color and design. An extra large rendition of the male peacock in full regalia, the Purple Carnival Peacock Alebrije, Extra Large, makes a statement of color, strength and inspired creativity. Display him on a wall 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 much longer version of the history view Wikipedia and Alebrije.
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Hand crafted in Oaxaca, Mexico of the indigenous Copal wood. Approximately 20 by 2 by 16 inches of dense and heavy copal wood. Expect and enjoy slight variations and imperfections as the items are not only made by hand but are often packed and shipped by the artist too. Made under fair trade practices and purchased direct from the artist and/or his family. All tail feathers and crown feathers are removable for shipping. Easy assembly when he arrives at your home.
One Fair Trade Purple Carnival Peacock Alebrije, Extra Large of Oaxaca, Mexico, artist signature Joaquin Hernandez.