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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.’ The Oaxacan Purple Aztec Jaguar Alebrije sprang from this history.
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.
This is one fine-tuned cat with energy exploding from not only his stance but his color, design and very detailed craftsmanship. The carving and painting on the Jaguar Alebrijes is of the highest quality. If giving Mexican Alebrijes to a friend, request FREE Gift Wrapping during check out. Piece is a signed figure by artist Joaquin Hernandez of San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico.
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Hand crafted in Oaxaca, Mexico, folk art Alebrijes are made of the indigenous Copal wood. Approximately 14 inches long including the 5 inch long tail. Body is 9 inches long. Fair Trade item made by hand in one of a kind design and artist signed. One Fair Trade Oaxacan Purple Aztec Jaguar Alebrije, tail removable for shipping.