Saturday, June 1, 2013

Oaxacan Wood Carvings - Armando Jimenez Koala Bear

Oaxacan Wood Carving Armando Jimenez Koala Bear Oaxaca Mexican Folk Art Alebrije...

This adorable grey koala bear wood carving is one of our favorites! Armando Jimenez is the grandson of the master carver Manuel Jimenez, who is credited with creating the whole movement of the Oaxacan wood carvings, also sometimes referred to as alebrijes (although the term alebrije is more appropriately attributed to the paper mache figures from the Linares Family of Mexico City). Armando works next door to his brother Moises, and the carvings of both of these very talented men are in high demand. What a great way to support a living legacy, and an art form that has been passed down within the family. Armando and Moises pieces, while adhering to the traditional painting style of their family, shows incredible range of creativity in the whimsical animals depicted ... animals often not native to Oaxaca. This grey koala bear wood carving would make a special, and unusual, addition to your collection. There are no removable parts, and the carving is signed by Armando Jimenez and his wife Antonia. We love the ears, face, colors and stubby tail of this Koala!

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