Ocotlan Owl

Multicolored Owl Alebrije

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SKU: 403924
Working in the traditional Oaxacan folk art style, Zeny and Reyna create this gorgeous alebrije sculpture. The wide-eyed owl is crafted from copal wood and painted with a dizzying array of motifs in a rainbow of colors. To achieve the fine detail, the artisans use a maguey thorn to paint the designs. The folk art tradition of alebrijes dates back to the 1930's in Mexico City. A man named Pedro Linares was taken ill, and in his feverish dreams he saw a strange land populated with curious creatures--a donkey with wings, a rooster with bull's horns, and a lion with the head of a dog. The beasts all ran at him, shouting the nonsense word 'alebrije! alebrije!'. Upon his recovery, Linares began recreating the fantastical creatures he had seen in his dream. The art form gained popularity, and alebrijes are now made of wood as well as papier mache.
  • Copal wood
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Signed by the artist
  • 0.75 lbs
  • 7.5 inches H x 4.3 inches W x 5.3 inches D
  • Made in Mexico