"Oh, the fox went out on a chilly night, and he prayed for the moon to give him light"... Does anyone else know this song? (I promise, this fox will leave your geese alone).
This stylized purple fox has a big bushy tail and has his head turned to see behind him. Like many of the best Oaxacan wood carvings, the piece elicits graceful fluid motion. The painting is precise, clean, and rich.
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: 8.75" high x 7.5" wide x 7.5" deep
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.