Acrobatic Dragon

Colorful Hand Carved and Painted Dragon Alebrije Figurine

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SKU: 312668
Husband and wife duo Zeny and Reyna from Oaxaca grew up with the tradition of carving alebrijes (fantastical figurines of real and imagined animals); both of their parents were master carvers in that region's traditional folk art. Here they create a wildly colorful dragon in a contorted, acrobatic pose. The dragon is carved by hand from copal wood and painted in a rainbow of psychedelic colors.

It is said that Oaxaca's alebrije tradition descends directly from Mexico City 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
  • 1 oz
  • 3.9 inches H x 5.5 inches W x 3.7 inches D
  • Made in Mexico

Meet the Artist

Zeny and Reyna

2 Reviews

  • 5
    Incredible artisans

    Posted by Aaron on Oct 24th 2019

    Another fantastic, intricately hand-painted dragon from Mexico. Miniature in size yet a striking stand-out given the bright, vibrant colours. He's kept in a special place for eyes to enjoy

  • 5
    Dragons vs Cats vs Squirrels vs Armadillos, etc.

    Posted by Carolyn on Jan 29th 2019

    Altho we collect almost any of the animals that Zeny and Reyna do, our favorites are dragons and cats. We rescue and recently lost the third of three cats we?ve had for 19 years! All of these wonderful carvings have a very special place in our hearts and we just got a new addition to our family, an orange tabby named Baby Boy, or BB for short. He?s quite the character and came to us with the name of Mouse which he immediately told us was not his name. Many friends sent ideas but he liked the first thing I said to him when they brought him into the room for us to meet which was ?oh there?s our handsome Baby Boy.? He loves the carvings and respects them, but won?t touch he looks at one, then looks at us and says ?erp?? Almost as if to say me? You see these carvings make not only people happy but also animals. Thanks for the joy you bring our entire family!