Alebrije - Tlalchichi Dog VII
◇ Technique: Hand painted on copal wood carving (Bursera Glabrifolia) and application of 23.5 carat gold leaf.
◇ Dimensions: 20 x 16 x 10 cm.
The Tlalchichi, which means floor dog or land dog, is a small breed of dog, and its head is out of proportion to the rest of the body and its broad belly is close to the ground. References to this breed have come from colimota ceramics, to Teotihuacán murals and Zapotec ceramics. It is a Mexican breed that is currently considered extinct.
This special selection of Oaxacan Alebrije that now represents the Tlalchichi dogs, is hand painted on a wood carving of the copal tree (Bursera Glabrifolia), which grows around the community of San Martín Tilcajete where the authors of this special collection, Jacobo and María Ángeles, in the Zapotec region of the State of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico.
In these places, for generations the inhabitants have developed the artisan work of pieces with this wood. The manufacture of each work can take up to 15 months (depending on its dimensions and details) from start to finish, using simple tools such as machetes, gouges and knives for finishing; being the drying of the wood the step that makes the whole process more patient and detailed. Later comes the implicit symbolic detail of the old Zapotec worldview that narrates about iconic animals representing their culture, raising the elements that sustain the life of this people.