Valuable one piece Oaxacan Wood Carving! I love the attention to detail and the whimsy in this fantastic Toucan wood carving by Saul Aragon and his wife Alma Arreola. The pops of bright color on the cool open beak, on the edge of the wings and in the beautiful tail feathers, perfectly offset the darker blue and gray and white design on the body of the toucan. The paint design honors traditional Zapotec Indian symbolism, and is painted in fine detail throughout the piece. We met this wonderfully talented couple on one of our last trips to Oaxaca, and we are so excited to now carry their spectacular wood carvings! Saul and Alma are from Arrazola, a beautiful town just outside of Oaxaca City, and the village that many would call the birthplace of the Oaxacan Wood Carvings. Arrazola is located close to the famous ruins of Monte Alban and the newly opened ruins at Atzompa. The area is rich in history and tradition, and you can readily see the traditional patterns displayed prominently in the designs of Saul and Alma. The family has been carving these fantastic pieces since the 1980's, and their expertise really shows. Although paying homage to the traditions of the past, Saul and Alma are always looking towards the future as well. Saul is the President of the EcoAlebrijes Association, a cooperative of fifteen families from Arrazola that are committed to respecting the natural resources used in their work, and protecting the future of the copal trees from which the carvers craft these fantastic creatures that we all love so much. We especially love their reforestation projects! This piece was signed by the artists, and there are no removable parts.
Approximate Measurements: 9 5/8" high x 5" wide x 4" deep
Artist: Saul Aragon and Alma Arreola, Oaxaca, Mexico