Vibrant Camel

Colorful Wood Alebrije Camel Figurine from Mexico

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SKU: 339013
Ears perked in a surprised expression, a vibrant camel is carved of copal wood in this folk art alebrije figurine from Mexico. Artisan duo Zeny and Reyna create the alebrije, hand-painting the camel with intricate designs in a variety of colors. The tail is removable.

Alebrijes are a fairly recent Mexican art form, attributed to Pedro Linares. Unconscious due to illness in 1936, he was presumed near death and yet his dreams were extremely vivid. He tells of a place where all was peaceful and quiet until all of a sudden there appeared a lion with an eagle's head, a rooster with bull's horns and a donkey with butterfly wings. They kept screeching 'alebrije, alebrije!' and Pedro began running away. He encountered a man who told him it was not yet his time to be there are and he should continue running towards the exit. In this dream Pedro climbed out of a window and regained consciousness.
  • Copal wood
  • 0.13 lbs
  • 5 inches H x 1.7 inches W x 4.3 inches D
  • Made in Mexico

Meet the Artist

Zeny and Reyna