This adorable Monkey Family wood carving has all of the curiosity and whimsy that we love! Armando Jimenez is the grandson of the master carver Manuel Jimenez, who is credited with creating the whole movement of the Oaxacan wood carvings, also sometimes referred to as alebrijes (although the term alebrije is more appropriately attributed to the paper mache figures from the Linares Family of Mexico City). Armando works next door to his brother Moises, and the carvings of both of these very talented men are in high demand. What a great way to support a living legacy, and an art form that has been passed down within the family. Armando and Moises pieces, while adhering to the traditional painting style of their family, shows incredible range of creativity in the whimsical animals depicted ... animals often not native to Oaxaca.
This Monkey Family wood carving would make a special, and unusual, addition to your collection. Who could resist these adorable faces? This is one spectacular carving, full of a fantastic sense of motion, both in the positioning of the body and the appearance that the baby just jumped into the arms of it's parent. Both monkeys appear to be hugging even. So sweet! Both tails are removable, the baby separates from the parent, and the carving is signed by Armando Jimenez and his wife Antonia.
Approximate Measurements: 9 3/8" high x 12 1/2" wide x 5 1/2" deep