With head tilted, the Oaxacan Alebrije Aztec Purple Love Cat is striking for his design, color and sweet pose. His intricate design of Aztec style columns mixed with Latin flowers creates a fun pattern to draw the eye. Place this sweet kitty in a central spot in your home where he can be viewed and appreciated from all sides. Guests will appreciate this fun wooden sculpture.
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.
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 7 (including tail) inches. Made under fair trade practices and purchased direct from the artist and his family. Tail is removable for easy packing and shipping.
One Fair Trade, approximately 4.5 x 1.5 x 2 inches, Oaxacan Alebrije Aztec Purple Love Cat, with artist signature, Joaquin Hernandez.