We just love the bright pops of color and the whimsy of this fantastic larger sized turtle, with it's gorgeous floral design! This wood carving was hand painted by the world renowned Maria Jimenez. Maria works closely with her brothers Candido, Aaron, Miguel and Alberto to 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. Nowadays, she signs the pieces that she paints, and her brothers sign the pieces that they (or their wives) paint. The family pieces have an elegance that stands out in the village.
We just love the colorful floral pattern, the texture in the ridged shell, and the adorable face with it's long eye lashes! The hand painted flowers are gorgeous. The detail in the carving is fantastic, and it is carved out of one single piece of the traditional Copal wood. 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: 2 3/4" high x 6 1/6" wide x 9 1/2" deep