This peacock is a remarkable burst of color and design. A large rendition of the male peacock in full regalia, the Mexican Peacock Alebrije, large, green 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. Expect slight variations and imperfections as the alebrijes are hand-crafted and often packed and shipped by the artist himself. Approximately 12 by 15 inches of dense and heavy copal wood. 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 Mexican Peacock Alebrije, large, green of Oaxaca, artist signature Joaquin Hernandez.