This yellow bull riding, mezcal drinking diablo/devil was carved from wood and painted by the Santiago family in the remote village of La Union, Oaxaca. The bright red diablo is riding one of the large bulls so prevalent in the countryside of Mexico. The carvings of La Union are a little more rare than those of other Oaxaca wood carving towns because the town is difficult to reach. The real work of La Union is farming, so pieces are few and far between. The wood carving is the older, more rustic style that is done with a machete. The wood is copal, native to the Oaxaca area. The aniline paint colors are bright and well coordinated. The horns and tail of the bull, the horns and tail of the diablo and the mezcal bottle are removable for easier shipping. The devil is also removable from the bull. Whimsical. Unsigned.
One of a kind.
state of origin: Oaxaca dimensions: 9" long by 10" tall