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Carapan, Mexican Folk Art Gallery.

Fierce Jaguar Head Alebrije Oaxacan Wood Carving

$350.00 USD
WA2018

 

ABOUT THIS ALEBRIJE 

This is an authentic Oaxacan wood carving. It depicts a jaguar, the sacred animal for the Mezo American civilizations. It was crafted from a single block of copal wood in San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca. Copal tree is also considered sacred by the Zapotec indigenous people that make these outstanding wooden alebrijes.

The jaguar is beautifully decorated with traditional patterns. Such decorative patterns, commonly known as "grecas"  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.

The beautiful painting and the excellent wood carving make this Oaxacan jaguar head alebrije unique and valuable.

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 5 In/ 13cm 
LENGHT 5.8In/ 14.5 cm 
WIDTH 6.5 In/ 16cm 
MADE OF Copal Wood
REGION San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico. 
TECHNIQUE
Carved from a single block, Hand painted
SPECIFICS
Signed by the artist at bottom
ETHNIC GROUP
Zapotec