Carapan, Mexican Folk Art Gallery.
Blue Turtle Alebrije Oaxacan Wood Carving
ABOUT THIS ALEBRIJE
This outstanding turtle alebrije was hand carved and hand painted in San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca. The carving is made of Copal wood, a tree considered as sacred by the Zapotec indigenous people. It grows in the nearby mountains.
As shown in Coco, the movie; Zapotec indigenous people believe that every person has a guardian or spiritual guide. Such protectors are called Tonas and are linked to the qualities of a particular animal. This turtle alebrije as a modern Tona can be considered as a symbol of patience, strength and perseverance.
|HEIGHT||6 In. / 15 Cm.|
|LENGHT||12.5 In. / 32 Cm.|
|WIDTH||14 In. / 36 Cm.|
|APROX. WEIGHT||31 Oz / 880gr.|
|MADE OF||Copal Wood|
|REGION||San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico|
|TECHNIQUE||Hand crafted and hand painted|
|COMMENTS||Made from a single block, not signed a gallery certificate will be issued. For a visual reference, you may also check picture with rulers.|