Panda Meditating

Small Hand Painted Panda Alebrije Figurine

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To craft this unique small sculpture of a panda bear meditating in the lotus position, Teresita Gonzales in Mexico first carves the piece by hand from copal wood and allows it to cure for 1-2 months. The figurine is then painted by hand in the style of traditional Oaxacan alebrije folk art sculptures. A purple mandala is painted on the front of the panda, while myriad patterns in blue, green and orange adorn the rest of the panda's body.

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 fevered 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 '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
  • 0.13 lbs
  • 3.9 inches H x 2.4 inches W x 2.4 inches D
  • Made in Mexico