DESCRIPTION: Oaxacan woodcarvings, also known as alebrijes, have been a tradition for generations in several small villages outside the city of Oaxaca, Mexico. It has only been in the past 50 years that these beautifully carved and painted figures have become popular, and are now collected worldwide. Using rudimentary tools, these Mexican artists create fascinating figures out of fresh-cut copal wood. After drying and sanding, the carvings are meticulously painted with intricate patterns and vibrant colors, limited only by each artist’s imagination.
This small alebrije coyote is carved sitting on its haunches with head raised in a howl. Its body is covered in vibrantly painted flowers, both large and small, giving an almost psychedelic effect. The black underside is signed, "Maria Jimenez Teda." Excellent condition. DIMENSIONS: 5" high x 4.75” wide including tail x 2” deep.