Very cool! This big eyed Lemur wood carving is a great example of the work of Armando Jimenez. 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. We just love the whimsy in this piece... the huge eyes, the cute nose, and the black and white striped tail. This Lemur wood carving would make a special and unusual addition to your collection. The tail is the only removable part. It is signed by Armando Jimenez and his wife Antonia.
Approximate Measurements: 12" high x 11 1/4" wide x 5 3/4" deep