Handmade Oaxacan Alebrije Buho - Owl by Nestor and Leticia Melchor
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This finely crafted sculpture was hand carved and hand painted by husband-and-wife artists Nestor and Leticia Melchor, in their home workshop in the village of San Martin Tilcajete, Mexico. San Martin Tilcajete is located in Mexico's southeastern state of Oaxaca, where the rugged and isolated terrain has aided in the survival of rich indigenous cultures, many of which have disappeared elsewhere in Mexico. Meticulously painted in the artists' signature style, this piece displays a mosaic of Zapotec culture and symbolism. Each stroke of paint has been carefully applied, evoking in the viewer an appreciation for the patience, precision and lifelong craftsmanship that went into creating such a magical piece.