This chameleon carving was created by Juventino Melchor of the well known Melchor Family of woodcarvers from San Martin Tilcajete in Oaxaca. Juventino carves whimsical figures out of the traditional Copal wood that is indigenous to the area, and is well known for his animal and musical animal figures. Painted in bright and cheerful colors, these figures are stand outs both for quality and for their affordability. I love this piece for how gorgeous the jewel tone colors are, as well as the spectacular carving itself that is full of a wonderful sense of movement. The crest around the head adds a wonderful textural appeal, and is an excellent addition to this outstanding one piece carving. So full of gorgeous and precise detail! Juventino used to do these carvings for one of the most well known carvers out there, who would in turn sell this for three times the price. Amazing and appealing detail. The piece has been signed on the bottom by the artist, and there are no removable parts. An excellent carving indeed!
Approximate Measurements: 4 1/8" high x 8 1/2" long x 4 1/4" wide