Alebrije artists of Oaxaca have fun with the Howling Wolf and Coyote sculptures. With his head thrown back he can howl his song from mountain tops.
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 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 2 by 1 by 4 inches of dense and heavy copal wood. Made under fair trade practices and purchased direct from the Mercado de Artesanias in Oaxaca, Mexico. Tail is removable for easy packing and shipping.
One Fair Trade, approximately 2x1x4 inch, Howling Coyote, dark blue with green and yellow spots.