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Vicente Hernandez hand carves each alebrije sculpture and his wife, Brisia paints them.

Xolo Dog Alebrije Sculpture

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Destination: Oaxaca, Mexico

Dogs hold a special place in Mexican culture, and perhaps none more so than the hairless Xolo—the national dog of Mexico—believed to have resided in the country for over 3,000 years. Sacred creatures for numerous groups of people including the Aztecs, Toltecs, and Maya, Xolos (short for Xoloitzcuintle) were considered the ultimate companions, loyal protectors who even went so far as to escort their masters’ souls safely through the underworld.

This hand-carved, hand-painted alebrije sculpture was 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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10" Tall

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