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The Oaxacan Stand Alone Mexican Peacock Alebrije is a striking piece of colorful art with attitude. With his wings up, head cocked and mouth open, this remarkable fellow is ready to strut and call his mate. Give him a place of prominence in your home and enjoy the exclamations as he catches the eyes of all your house guests.
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 much longer version of the history view Wikipedia and Alebrije.
If sending Mexican Alebrijes of Oaxaca to a friend, please be sure to request FREE Gift Wrapping during your check out. Most of the alebrijes are made with removable parts. The pieces fit snugly into tiny holes for easy reassembly after safe shipping.
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Hand crafted in Oaxaca, Mexico of the indigenous Copal wood. Approximately 16 by 19 by 6 inches of dense and heavy copal wood. Made under fair trade practices and purchased direct from the Mercado de Artesanias of Oaxaca. All tail feathers and crown feathers are removable for shipping. Easy assembly when he arrives at your home.
One Fair Trade, approximately 19 inch, Oaxacan Stand Alone Mexican Peacock Alebrije.