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Carapan, Mexican Folk Art Gallery.

Raccoon Alebrije Oaxacan Wood Carving in Blue & White

$1,200.00 USD



This Raccoon Alebrije is an authentic Oaxacan wood carving. It was hand crafted in Arrazola, Oaxaca at the Franco family workshopexcept for the tail which is detachable to facilitate transportation, It was carved from a single block of wood, . The raccoon is decorated with traditional Oaxacan Zapotec patterns in black over an elegant and balanced blue & white palette. 

Such decorative patterns, commonly known as "grecas"  can be found at the pyramids of Mitla and Monte Alban, benchmark of the Indigenous Zapotec civilization. The grecas are so meticulously painted that an agave thorn was used instead of a brush for the thiner strokes.
The beautiful painting work makes this Oaxacan wood carving raccoon 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 14.17 In / 36cm
LENGHT 14.56 In / 37cm
WIDTH 7.87 In / 20cm
APROX. WEIGHT 4.5 lb / 2040gr
MADE OF Copal Wood
REGION San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico. 
Carved from a single block, Hand painted
Signed by the artist, Detachable tail.