What a wonderful painted wooden polar bear carving, complete with a freshly caught fish dinner. This stylized bear has wonderful form, is beautifully painted, and has a "fishy" whimsical aspect. These elements 1) make a person smile and 2) check off lots of boxes for what makes Oaxacan wood carvings so desirable.
This iconic bear is hand-carved and painted by Armando and Antonia Jimenez. Armando is a grandson of the famous Manuel Jimenez, who is credited with starting the craft movement in Oaxaca which has become known as Oaxacan Wood Carvings (or alebrijes). Armando and his wife, Antonia, are well-known in their own right and their pieces are sought after.
Signed on the bottom by Armando, Antonia, and their son, Alejandro.
Approx. dimensions: 9" long x 5.75" high
Oaxacan woodcarvings are also called alebrijes (pronounced all-ay-bree-hays) - they are carved in small family workshops on
the outskirts of the city of Oaxaca. They're often bright and whimsical, and can be very collectible.