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Oaxacan Alebrije Mayan Bear

$120.00

SKU: 3667 size: 11"color: Black & Whitecountry: Mexico Categories: , , . Tags: , .

The Oaxacan Alebrije Mayan Bear of Mexico is a remarkable work of art. This high quality alebrije is finely painted in black and white with just enough color accents to set off his intricate designs. Experience the beauty and spirit of this creature. The artist meticulously covered this gentle bear with an engaging web of geometric patterns to entertain the eye  and relax the mind. This is a one of a kind piece from Oaxaca, Mexico.

Mexican Alebrije 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.’ Perhaps the Oaxacan Alebrije Mexican Owl Art was a creature of a dream.

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 colorful 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. Approximately 11 by 4.5 by 5 inches of dense copal wood. Made under fair trade practices and purchased direct from the Mercado de Artesania of Oaxaca.

One Fair Trade, approximately 11 inches long, Oaxacan Alebrije Mayan Bear.