In light of his great size and stunning design this Oaxacan Alebrije Fish was named for Jonah. According to the Bible, Jonah was swallowed by a big fish and given accommodations for three days and nights in the belly of the fish until the lord instructed this great fish to release Jonah. In honor of ‘the fish’ and the kindness he showed Jonah in housing and releasing him we have named this phenomenal fish of Mexico, Oaxacan Alebrije Jonah the Fish. Another exciting fact about ‘Jonah the Fish’ is that he was hand-crafted by highly skilled artist Antonio Carrillo of Arrazola, Oaxaca.
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 of the indigenous Copal wood. Approximately 12 by 3.5 by 5 inches. Made under fair trade practices and purchased through the Mercado de Artesanias in Oaxaca, Mexico.
One Fair Trade, approximately 12 inch, Oaxacan Alebrije Jonah the Fish, signed by artist Antonio Carrillo.