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Masterpiece armadillo wood carving by the Vidales family in Oaxaca, Mexico. The amount of workmanship and time that went into this solid wood carving is impressive. Due to there being no removable parts on this piece the carving of the tail had to be very carefully done in order for it to flow naturally to the hand which is holding it The end result is absolutely superb.
This piece is decorated with traditional Oaxacan Zapotec patterns in black detail over an elegant and vibrant multicolor palette.
The decorative patterns found on this piece are locally known as "grecas" and can be found at the pyramids of Mitla and Monte Alban in Oaxaca. These patterns are the benchmark of the indigenous Zapotec civilization and are very influential in the many different forms of artwork made in the region. These grecas patterns are so meticulously and finely painted with agave thorns which is used instead of a brush in order to provide the fine lines that a traditional brush can't produce. The beautiful painting work makes this Oaxacan wood carving alebrije unique & valuable.
Origin: Oaxaca, Mexico
Height/Length/Width: 8.5" x 6.5" x 4.5"
Handcrafted out of copal wood
Signed by the artist