Polar Bear Oaxaca Wood Carving Armando Jimenez Oaxacan

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  • Sold Date: Jan 06, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House
Polar Bear Wood Carving from Oaxaca Mexico
Approximate measurements: 7" x 14" Don't miss your chance to own this Polar Bear wood carving, complete with removable fish! This piece was hand carved by world renown artisan Armando Jimenez of Arrazola, Mexico. Armando is the grandson of Master Carver Manuel Jimenez, who is credited with starting the whole woodcarving movement in the Valley of Oaxaca. Many people have come to know these pieces also as alebrijes, although this term originally referred to the paper mache creations of the Linares Family in Mexico City. It is easy to see the family history presented in the carvings of Armando Jimenez, as well as those of his brother Moises, but it is also evident that this generation of woodcarvers is adding their own special creativity to their designs. The Jimenez brothers are proud to demonstrate that they have included other figures not typical of other carvers, as is obvious with this adorable Polar Bear. We know that you will adore this fantastic and unusual carving, and it will be a welcome addition to any collection. One of our favorite parts of the experience of hand selecting these works of art, is seeing how these traditions and art forms are passed on within the same family and villages. When purchasing items, we go direct to the artisan whenever possible, and see these art forms created often at the artists' own homes. In a world so focused on mass production of lesser quality products, it is nice to discover the beauty of a handcrafted work of folk art. The purchase of these works of art will help to assure that these traditions are kept alive. Please note that a percentage of our sales at DeSilva Imports are donated to the Tribus Mixes of Oaxaca, Mexico. They are a wonderful organization on the outskirts of Oaxaca, seeking to provide a better future for the children of their village. Two brothers, Neftali and Noe, run a school for children from the Mixes tribe. Their village is located in a remote location within the state of Oaxaca, and as such the children would typically not have access to the type of education that can be found in the city. At the home they provide, the brothers teach the children the arts of wood carving and painting. They then use the money that they raise from selling these whimsical and fantastic carvings to provide for the expenses of the children attending school in the city. Besides education, the Tribus Mixes also run a seedling program to re- plant trees that have been destroyed close to their village. An ecological hope for a beautiful future for many generations to come. When we asked these wonderful brothers as to why they have dedicated their lives to helping others, their response was that they wanted to assure that the next generation of their village had the opportunities that were never available to the brothers growing up. We think that their work is fantastic, and through our sales, seek to provide scholarship funds for these wonderful and very talented children. If we do not currently have any Tribus Mixes pieces available on auction, you can also see examples of their work on our main webpage at