From the estate of an American school teacher who spent 48 years not only teaching the Spanish language but also teaching about the Mexican culture and its impact on art, we have this brightly decorated, hand carved cat. Although unsigned, it very well could have come from the Oaxaca region of Mexico where artists are known for their colorful alebrijes (folk art animals and figures). Oaxaca has developed into an area that attracts folk artists who use wood from the copal tree to create their pieces. After carving the animals, many layers of paint are applied to create this distinctive style; many of these art pieces have to dry for up to 10 months. Wildly imaginative, this 8 ½ ” tall cat (to the tip of his tail) is painted with numerous colors on a turquoise background decorated with small dots, swirls and squiggles. Sometimes the tiny dots are actually put on with a syringe filled with paint. The colorful cat is 1 3/4” wide and 1 5/8” deep, The piece is in excellent condition with no loss of paint, scratches or rubs in the paint; there is a crack in the paint by his tail, but no paint loss.
This would be a fabulous addition to a Mexican or folk art collection. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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Charming Mexican Folk Art Cat