Alebrije Mask

$230.00

The Senor Craft collection are carvings made out of copal, a very pure and thinite wood, native to Oaxaca. The word copal means incense and the native residents of the state harvest it and have been since before the Spaniards arrived in 1521. 

This is a very high quality gift that can be a beautiful addition to any home and will last many generations. 

Dimensions:‚ÄĮ 17cm (6.6 inches) width x 9cm (3.5 inches) length¬†

 

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Description

The Alebrijes are imaginary creatures that have elements from different animals such as dragon bodies, bat wings, wolf teeth and dog eyes. Colorfully painted, they were originally made with papier mache but nowadays they are also wood carved. 

Alebrijes¬†are made from various local wood species. Copal wood is considered to be particularly high-quality and easy to work with.‚ÄĮ¬†

With a machete, kitchen knives, or even makeshift carving instruments, a fantastic animal figure can be carved from an ordinary piece of wood! 

the Alebrijes are painted by hand. In addition to brushes, everyday objects such as nails, sponges or toothpicks are often used. Although in today’s times, Alebrijes are more frequently painted with acrylic paints. However, the knowledge about the production of colors from local fruits, minerals, and insects is still present in most artisan families today and is an important method of the craft that is arguably the authenticating factor of the overall process.   

Alebrije Mask

Alebrije Mask

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