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Hand-carved and hand-painted polar bear by Saúl Aragón

Polar bear with designs and colors inspired by ancient Zapotec Indians near Monte Alban. This hand-carved and hand-painted piece is signed by the artist.

Dimensions: 5.0" height " , 9.0 “length, 4.0” width

This carving is made from copal wood, harvested in a sustainable manner by an artisan cooperative (the Ecoalebrijes Association) in Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico. Several family members work together to carve and paint the piece. Each carving can take up to a week to create. Many pieces are made from a single piece of wood, specially selected to best represent the shape of individual animals. The sale of these carvings is one way that a village can stay intact and that an entire family can contribute to the well-being of the community.

brightly painted wooden polar bear