The Aztec Red Riot Coyote Oaxacan Alebrije is a perfect example of a creature of the dreams from which the original ‘alebrijes’ sprang. 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.
The Red Riot Coyote Oaxacan Alebrije is a remarkable expression of the artist’s patience, painting abilities and creativity. Enjoy this one of a kind alebrije, signed by the artist, Joaquin Hernadez of San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico. Joaquin has been creating Alebrijes for Topanien Global Gifts for over 10 years.
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Hand crafted in Oaxaca, Mexico of the indigenous Copal wood. Approximately 11 by 6.5 by 10 inches of dense copal wood. Made under fair trade practices and purchased direct from the artist. The Red Riot Coyote Oaxacan Alebrije is signed by the artist Joaquin Hernandez.
One Fair Trade, approximately 11 inch, Aztec design, Red Riot Coyote Oaxacan Alebrije, tail is removable for safe shipping.