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Majestic eagle alebrije wood carving by the Melchor family at their workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico. This masterpiece was carved and painted over a span of 6 months and is of the highest quality wood carvings made in all of Oaxaca. Every square inch of this piece was painted with the finest of detail. Even the inside part of the wings were meticulously decorated with traditional Zapotec patterns which have a great presence in Oaxacan art due to the many ancient ruins found throughout the region. An exceptional work of art made by some of the most talented artists in Mexico.
Origin: Oaxaca, Mexico
Time to complete: 6 Months
Height/Length/Width: 11" x 10" x 7"
Material: Single piece of copal wood
Signed by the artist on the bottom. Signed certificate of authenticity included.
This special piece of Oaxacan Alebrije art was hand carved and painted using the wood of the copal tree (Bursera) which grows around the communities of San Martin Tilcajete and San Antonio Arrazola, towns in the Zapotec region of the State of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico.
In these places, for generations the inhabitants have developed the artisan work of "alebrijes" with this wood. The creation of each work can take up to 15 months (depending on its dimensions and details). From start to finish the carving is done using simple tools such as machetes, gouges and knives for finishing. The drying of the wood is a very important and drawn out step which is necesary to ensure the high quality of the finishes. Finally comes the fine symbolic detail of the old Zapotec worldview which adorn the piece from all angles and is a narration of the ancient Zapotec culture which is an important part of the daily life of the people of Oaxaca.