Carapan, Mexican Folk Art Gallery.
Mexican Dog Alebrije Xoloiscuintli Wood Carving Mexican For Art
ABOUT THIS ALEBRIJE
This Xoloescuintle dog Alebrije is an authentic Oaxacan Alebrije wood carving. It was hand crafted in Oaxaca at the Hernandez family workshop. Except for the detachable tail, it was carved from a single block of copal wood. The dog is carved and decorated with the traditional Oaxacan Zapotec patterns. Such patterns, commonly known as "grecas" can be found at the decoration of the pyramids of Mitla and Monte Albán. The grecas are so meticulously painted that an agave thorn was used is used instead of a brush for the thiner strokes.
Coco, the movie; did a thorough research and a beautiful representation of this Mexican tradition in the movie Dante is a Xoloiscuintli that helps Miguel to cross to the word of the dead. As shown in 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 Xolo dog alebrije can be considered as a guide or connection with the spiritual world.
SIZE & TECHNICAL DATA
|HEIGHT||7.48 In / 19cm|
|LENGHT||6.69 In / 17cm|
|WIDTH||2.16 In / 5.5cm|
|APROX. WEIGHT||115 Oz / 115gr|
|MADE OF||Copal Wood|
|REGION||San Martin, Oaxaca|
|TECHNIQUE||Carved from a single block of Copal Wood, hand painted.|
|COMMENTS||Signed by the artist, Clean with a soft dry cloth|