What a beautiful Angel eating watermelon wood carving! This finely detailed angel was hand carved and hand painted by the very talented Alberto Jimenez. Alberto is one of the brothers of Maria Jimenez. Together with their brothers, Aaron, Miguel and Candido, they produce some of the highest quality carvings in the village of San Martin Tilcajete. Maria started off practicing embroidery, while her brothers followed the traditional path of wood carving. When her oldest brother Aaron, who carved and painted his own figures, had trouble selling his pieces commercially, Maria stepped in and began painting the figures for her brother. She borrowed her designs from the intricate embroidery patterns that she used, and her brother's business quickly became successful. The family pieces have an elegance that stands out in the village. This angel is definitely no exception. It has all the qualities of whimsy and color that we love in Mexican Folk Art. There are no removable parts, and the piece has been signed by the artist.
Approximate Measurements: 9 1/8" high x 4 1/4" long x 2" deep