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Water Dwellers

Oaxacan Wood Carvings

Hand-carved and then hand-painted brilliant colors and minute detail, these alebrije carvings are the most sought-after folk art in Mexico. Each finely-crafted sculpture reflects its maker's talent, imagination and creativity. We buy the figurines here directly from the renowned carvers living in villages of the Oaxaca valley. Our carvings are signed by the artists. Many of our customers are collectors who prize their whimsical features and one-of-a-kind originality. In most wood-carving families, the husband does the carving and whittling, children sand the figurines to a smooth finish, and it is often the wives who devise the patterns and apply the paint. The realm of Oaxacan woodcarving reflects the best of Mexico's wonderful, "made-by-hand" artistic traditions. For more details, download our promotional flyer at this link.

This category of collectible Oaxacan wood carvings features water dwelling animals such as frogs, fish and seals. Each carving is handmade, signed by the artist, and one-of-a-kind. No two Oaxacan alebrijes are exactly alike.


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Bullfrog by Blas, green
Oaxacan carving by David Blas.
Measures 6 inches long by 4 1/2 inches tall
SKU: WD-4_03
Bullfrog by Blas, red
Oaxacan carving by David Blás
SIZE: 6 inches long x 4 1/2 inches tall
SKU: WD-4_02
Crab by Blas Alebrijes, 10-inch
Oaxacan carving by Blas Family
SIZE: 10 inches wide.
SKU: WD-4_19
Original price: $49.00
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Crab by Blas Alebrijes, 7-inch
Oaxacan carving by Rogelio Blas
Crab measures nearly 7 inches wide at big claws.
SKU: WD-4_05
Frog, blue with turquoise spots
Oaxacan carving is by Roberto Martinez, but not signed.
Measures 5 inches long
SKU: WD-4_26
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Frog, green and yellow
Oaxacan carving by Roberto Martinez
SIZE: 5 inches long
SKU: WD-4_27
Frog, pink with blue accent
Oaxacan carving by Pablo Sosa Hernandez. Not signed
SIZE: 4 inches long. Accent colors vary.
SKU: WD-4_12
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Manta Ray Wall Art #1
Oaxacan wood carving by Tribus Mixes collective.
Measures 17 inches long by 12 inches wide.
SKU: WD-7_048
Manta Ray Wall Art, #2
Oaxacan carving beautifully hand-painted by Tribus Mixes Collective
SIZE: 18 inches long by 10 1/2" wide.
SKU: WD-7_058
Manta Ray Wall Plaque, #3
Manta ray wood carving by Tribus Mixes Artists Collective
Measures 17 inches long by 9 inches wide. Entirely carved and painted by hand.
SKU: WD-7_013
Shrimp, wood figure by Blas Family
Oaxacan carving by Blas Family
SIZE: 9 inches long. Legs and antennae detach for easy shipping.
SKU: WD-4_08
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Snail carving by Blas Family
Oaxacan woodcarving by Medardo Blas
SIZE: 6.5 inches long
SKU: WD-4_01
Turtle, purple, multicolor
Oaxacan wood carving by Tribus Mixes Collective
Turtle measures 8 1/2 inches long by 4 1/2" wide.
SKU: WD-7_028
Turtle, tan
Oaxacan carving by Tribus Mixes Collective
Measures 8 inches long. Signed by Tribus Mixes
SKU: WD-7_032
Turtle, tan, multicolor shell
Oaxacan wood carving handmade by Tribus Mixes
Measures 8 1/2 inches long by 4 1/2" wide.
SKU: WD-7_029
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