Oaxacan (pronounced Wa-Haw-Ken) wood carvings are imaginative and brilliantly colored figures that are hand-carved and painted in tiny villages in the state of Oaxaca, home of the Zapotec Indians in Southern Mexico.
Each figure is handmade from copal wood from the hills surrounding the Oaxacan Valley using machetes and pocket knives. Artists carve the basic shape of a figure in a few days, then hand-sand and meticulously paint each piece in great detail. It can take up to a full week to complete one figure. The most fanciful ones are called, "alebrijes." Each carving is an original artwork.
Approx. size 5" tall