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Oaxaca Alebrije Blue Moon Cat Goddess

$725.00

SKU: 2404 size: 8"color: Bluecountry: Mexico Categories: , , . Tags: , , , .

The Oaxaca Alebrije Blue Moon Cat Goddess is art striking in both color and design.  The blues, green and white accented with just a bit of gold are arranged in a concentric circle pattern around the moon flirting with a tiny perfect gold fish. This enchanting creature goddess has been carved from one piece of wood. Place the Cat Goddess in a central spot in your home where she can be viewed and appreciated from all sides.  Guests will walk around and around, gasping and exclaiming with joy as they discover intricately painted turtles and fish swimming beneath geometric patterns supporting the moons as he rides upon the back of Oaxaca Alebrije Cat Goddess.

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 8 by 8 inches of dense and dense copal wood. Made under fair trade practices and purchased direct from the Mercado de Artesanias of Oaxaca. Tail is removable for easy packing and shipping.

One Fair Trade, approximately 8 inch, Oaxaca Alebrije Blue Moon Cat Goddess, artist signed.