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Oaxacan Alebrije Black Mushroom Chaos


SKU: 0157 size: 4.5"country: Mexico Categories: , , . Tags: , .

The Oaxacan Alebrije Black Mushroom Chaos is a true alebrije.  Artist, Joaquin Hernandez, has mixed different animals, colors and nature with carved wood, paint and an immense amount of creativity.   This is a wild and fun miniature sculpture in alebrije art form. Enjoy the mixing of hippie culture with Mexican color and Joaquin’s fantastical imagination.

The Mexican Alebrijes of Oaxaca are remarkable and irresistible representations of animals and nature in both real and imaginary forms and 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, and mushrooms, 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. Made under fair trade practices and purchased direct from the the artist, Joaquin Hernandez of San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico.

One Fair Trade, approximately 4.5 inches tall, Oaxacan Alebrije Black Mushroom Chaos, artist signed.