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Oaxacan Blue Mayan Rabbit Alebrije

$999.99

SKU: 3338 color: Bluesize: 12"country: Mexico Categories: , , . Tags: , , .

The Oaxacan Blue Mayan Rabbit Alebrije is a spectacular work of Mexican folk art.  The piece is exquisite in its perfection of design and color choice by Oaxacan artist Joaquin Hernandez. The Blue Mayan Rabbit will be a beautiful addition to your alebrije collection or lovely as a stand alone sculpture in your home.

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.

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.’

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 12 by 4.5 by 7.25 inches. Made under fair trade practices and purchased direct from the artist’s home in San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico.

One Fair Trade Oaxacan Blue Mayan Rabbit Alebrije of Mexico, artist signature, Joaquin Hernandez.