Green Hyena

Hand-Carved Wood Alebrije Hyena Sculpture from Mexico

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SKU: 361719
In tones of green, burgundy, and purple, intricate motifs inspired by the pre-Hispanic Nahua peoples are painted by hand onto a majestic hyena. Mexican artisan Teresita Gonzalez creates this traditional alebrije sculpture, which is carved from copal wood.

It is said that Oaxaca's alebrije tradition descends directly from Mexico City papier mache artisan Pedro Linares (1906-1992). When he was 30, he became seriously ill and fell into a sort of coma. While he was unconscious, he had a most fantastic dream. He was caught between the land of the living and the dead; the place looked like a forest and was populated with creatures with body parts belonging to different animals. The beings repeatedly uttered the word alebrije, and when Linares woke up, he recreated these figures in vivid colors using papier mache techniques and called them alebrijes . His work became famous and eventually influenced artisans in the state of Oaxaca who decided to craft alebrijes using traditional wood carving methods and according to that region's world vision.
  • Copal wood
  • 0.21 lbs
  • 5.8 inches H x 5 inches W x 2.6 inches D
  • Made in Mexico