“Far from the beaten path on a dusty trail a lizard scuttles from beneath a bush. He scampers up onto a rock so you may view him in his full glory. Lizard is a sun dancer, a sun worshiper, he takes in healing energies as he basks in the glorious warmth of the golden beams of light… … you know he has a mystical tale to tell,” the universeofsymbolism.com site tells us. These words ring true when we see the Pink Stripe Lizard Alebrije Oaxaca. The bright pink stripe running down his blue back seems to evoke a magical power gleaned from the heat of the sun.
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 2 by 7.5 inches and carved from dense copal wood. Made under fair trade practices and purchased from the Mercado de Artesanias of Oaxaca.
One Fair Trade, approximately 10 inch, Pink Stripe Lizard Alebrije Oaxaca.