This Mexican wood carving of a red striped tiger was carved from wood and painted by the Santiago family in the remote village of La Union, Oaxaca. The fellow is inspired by the animals so prevalent in the countryside of Mexico--though there are no tigers! 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 tail is removable for easier shipping. Whimsical. Signed by Quírino Santiago.
One of a kind
state of origin: Oaxaca dimensions: 7.5" long by 4.5" tall