This unique fish was created by Juventino Melchor of the well known Melchor Family of woodcarvers from San Martin Tilcajete in Oaxaca, Mexico. 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 bright and cheerful the colors are, as well as how intricate the carving itself is. Crafted out of one piece of the traditional Copal wood, this piece shows an intricate and more difficult to achieve sense of movement in the tail and the twisted positioning of the body and fins. The paint design contains bands of traditional Zapotec symbols. This fish is signed by the artist, and there are no removable parts.
Approximate Measurements: 6 1/4" high x 2 3/8" wide x 4 1/4" deep