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Carapan, Mexican Folk Art Gallery.

Colorful Dog Alebrije Oaxacan Wood Carving Folk Art

$450.00 USD
WA2011

 

ABOUT THIS ALEBRIJE 

This colorful dog Alebrije is an authentic Oaxacan wood carving. Except for the tail,It was crafted from a single block of copal wood in San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca. Copal tree is considered sacred by the Zapotec indigenous people that make these outstanding wooden alebrijes.


The dog is joyfully decorated with traditional patterns called grecas, which can be found at the pyramids of Mitla and Monte Alban, benchmark of the pre hispanic Zapotec civilization. The grecas are so meticulously painted, that an agave cactus thorn was used instead of a brush for the thiner strokes.

Coco, the movie; did a thorough research and a beautiful representation of the  Mexican tradition of Alebrijes. in the movie, Alebrijes are part of a tale in which Miguel crosses to the world of the dead with the help of a Dante, a Xoloiscuintli dog.

HEIGHT  7.87 In /20 cm 
LENGHT  6.69 In / 17 cm
WIDTH  3.54 In / 9 cm  
APROX. WEIGHT lb / gr Please refer to picture with rulers
MADE OF Copal Wood
REGION San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico. 
TECHNIQUE
Carved from a single block, Hand painted
SPECIFICS
Signed , detachable tail. 
ETHNIC GROUP
Zapotec

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