|Dimensions||19 x 17 x 13 cm|
LARGE WOODEN ALEBRIJE JAGUAR HEADSKU: AJHL1.
This incredible Oaxacan Alebrije Jaguar Head is hand carved in wood and then brightly painted in a one off original design by Mexican Artisan and can be hung on a wall. All major Mesoamerican civilizations prominently featured a jaguar god, and for many, such as the Olmec, the jaguar was an important part of shamanism and is said to have the ability to cross between worlds. The living and the earth are associated with the day, and the spirit world and the ancestors are associated with the night.
Dimensions: 18cm(h) x 15cm(w) x 13cm(d)
Originating in Mexico City in 1936 by Artisan Pedro Linares “alebrijes” are brightly coloured Mexican Folk Art sculptures of fantastical creatures and today are predominantly found in the State of Oaxaca. These beautifully painted wooden animals are a marriage of traditional animal figures which were carved by the Zapotecs in pre-Hispanic times and the influence of alebrijes from Mexico City (made from paper mache). Totems of local animals were carved for luck or religious purposes as well as hunting decoys. Figures were also carved for children as toys, a tradition that continued well into the 20th century.