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Water Dwellers

Oaxacan Wood Carvings

Hand-carved and then painted in cheerful colors, these alebrije carvings are the most sought-after folk art in Mexico. Each finely-crafted sculpture reflects its maker's talent and imagination. We buy our figurines directly from carvers living in villages of the Oaxaca valley. Most are signed by the artists. 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 paint the finely-detailed patterns. 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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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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Frog, Oaxaca Alebrije Carving, green and yellow
Oaxacan carving by Roberto Martinez
SIZE: 5 inches long
SKU: WD-4_27
Crab, Oaxacan Wood Carving by Blas Alebrijes, 7-inch
Oaxacan carving by Rogelio Blas
Crab measures nearly 7 inches wide at big claws.
SKU: WD-4_05
Snail, Oaxacan Alebrije Carving by Blas Family
Oaxacan woodcarving by Medardo Blas
SIZE: 6.5 inches long
SKU: WD-4_01
Snail, wood carving by Blas family alebrijes
Oaxacan carving by Javier Blas
SIZE: 7 inches long
SKU: WD-4_11
Bullfrog, Oaxacan Wood Carving, by Blas family, green
Oaxacan carving by David Blas.
Measures 6 inches long by 4 1/2 inches tall
SKU: WD-4_03
Bullfrog, Oaxacan Wood Carving, by Blas, red
Oaxacan carving by David Blás
SIZE: 6 inches long x 4 1/2 inches tall
SKU: WD-4_02
Turtle, Oaxacan Wood Carving, 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
Original price: $85.00
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Turtle, Oaxacan Wood Carving, tan
Oaxacan carving by Tribus Mixes Collective
Measures 8 inches long. Signed by Tribus Mixes
SKU: WD-7_032
Manta Ray by Tribus Mixes, Oaxacan Wood Carving, Wall Art #1
Oaxacan wood carving by Tribus Mixes collective.
Measures 17 inches long by 12 inches wide.
SKU: WD-7_048
Manta Ray by Tribus Mixes, Oaxacan Wood Carving, 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
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