Fascinating And Inovative Example Of Alebrijes Sculptures

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May 18, 2011ArtworkNo comments

The creation of the first alebrijes, as well as the name itself, is attributed to Pedro Linares, who was a Mixe Indian artisan from Arrazola, Oaxaca that once had a dream in which he saw strange animals made up of parts of one animal mixed with others, and those animals were making strange sounds that he could not understand. The one and only word that he could be able to understand was Alebrije.
Alebrijes (Spanish pronunciation) are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures.These very popular sculptures are carved from wood by hand .The talented carvers of Oaxaca create,  entirely by hand, wonderful sculptures made  from copal wood and their ingenious shapes with  amazing patterns and colors have captivated collectors world wide.Nowadays there are many talented master wood carvers in Oaxaca, particularly in three villages.It is fascinating to see how each artist has developed a unique style.
Most Oaxacan artisans simply call them figuras “wooden figures”, naming them after the animal which they carved, such as the deer, raccoon, leopard, etc., but when a fantastic figure is elaborated, the artisan is compelled to say he has created an “alebrije”. Now today we are going to show you Fascinating And Inovative Example Of  Alebrijes Sculptures

 

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