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Armadillo Alebrije Figurines

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Destination: Oaxaca, Mexico

There are 20 kinds of armadillo in the world and all of them are residents of Latin America. Called āyōtōchtli, or “turtle-rabbit” by the Aztecs, the well-defended critters would receive the name “armadillo” from the Spanish, meaning “little armored one.”

These lovely, hand-painted alebrije figurines were crafted at the workshop of Vicente and Brisia Hernandez in San Martín Tilcajete. San Martín Tilcajete is one of two major centers for alebrije, an art form that has its origins in one ill artist’s fever dream.   


In 1936, Pedro Linares, an artist who specialized in papier-mâché piñatas, masks, and Judas figurines, fell gravely ill. As his fever soared, he began to hallucinate that he was walking in a forest. He felt p... Read More

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From left to right: A, B
8 x 2.5"

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