Carapan, Mexican Folk Art Gallery.
Gazelle Alebrije Oaxacan Wood Carving by Jimenez
ABOUT THIS ALEBRIJE
The horns, and ears are detachable to facilitate transportation. The gazelle was all made of copal wood from the copal tree, which is considered sacred by the Oaxacan Zapotec culture.
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 gazelle alebrije can be considered as a modern Tona: a symbol of mindfulness, peace and grace.
SIZE & TECHNICAL DATA
|HEIGHT||35cm / 13.77 In|
|LENGHT||27cm / 10.62 In|
|WIDTH||18cm / 7.08 In|
|APROX. WEIGHT||180gr / 6.34 oz|
|REGION||San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca|
Hand Carved of Copal Wood & Hand painted
|SPECIFICS||Sighed at bottom by the artist: Alberto Jimenez|
|COMMENTS||You may also refer to picture with rulers for size|
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