The golden Sunflower Alebrije Cat of Oaxaca Mexico is art striking in both color and design. The warm browns and yellows in sun, flower and coordinated geometric designs come together to create an enchanting piece all carved from one piece of wood. Place this stellar Alebrije Cat in a place of prominence in your home and enjoy the exclamations and gasps when people see him.
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 longer and more complete version of the history view Wikipedia and Alebrije.
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Hand crafted in Oaxaca, Mexico of the indigenous Copal wood. Approximately 10 by 10 inches of dense and heavy copal wood. Made under fair trade practices and purchased direct from the Mercado de Artesanias of Oaxaca. Tail is removable for easy packing and shipping.
One Fair Trade, approximately 10 inch, golden Sunflower Alebrije Cat of Oaxaca Mexico.