Ceramic human skull replicas painted by Zapotec artists. About 7" by 6" by 5".
Alebrije is a Zapotec word meaning 'delightful'.They are whimsical carvings of fantastical creatures. They are made from locally sourced copal wood. They're carved using hand tools - machetes, chisels, and knives. They were traditionally painted using analine paints made from local plant, mineral and insect dyes. Currently many artists employ acrylic paints to reproduce the traditional patterns on them. Alebrijes are produced by families units. Each family member has his or her own job.