Joseph Ortega Animals

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  • How about all these Animals & Aliens from Joseph Ortega!!
  • All hand carved by one of New Mexico's best known folk artists Joseph Ortega.
  • These are truly hand crafted works of art.
  • Made out of cottonwood, pinon, juniper, aspen, and other native New Mexican wood.
  • There are 3 styles of Animals and 1 Alien.
  • The Wolf is roughly 12-14" high, by 5 1/2-6 1/2" wide, and 8-10" long.
  • The Bull is roughly 9" tall, by 9" wide, and 14" long.
  • The Coyote is roughly 12-14" high, by 5 1/2-6 1/2" wide, and 8-10" long.
  • Our Alien is about 22 1/2" tall, by 9 1/2" wide, and 6 1/2" deep.
  • No two are alike, all are slightly different and definitely unique.
  • Supplies are limited.
  • From Made in New Mexico. Ships Next Business Day. Satisfaction Guaranteed.

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Carving is something that came naturally to Joseph Ortega and his family. As the youngest child of Ben and Isabel Ortega, he spent most of his formative years around many woodcarvers. Ben Ortega Sr., his father, was a world renowned master woodcarver and Santero. Santeros are artists who make Santos—images of saints, and are one of the oldest living traditions of religious devotion practiced by people in the Southwest. Ben Ortega Sr. began his career in 1961 when a figure of St. Fransis de Assisi, that he had made for fun, became a collected item by dealers all around the world. His brothers are well know carvers of Santos. At the age of twenty, Joseph had began to carve his own wooden figures. Joseph has produced carvings of small coyotes, rabbits, roosters, chickens, and obviously Santos of St. Francis and San Pasqual. Joe deftly carves religious and animal based subject matter. This clear continuity is the hallmark of past and future woodcarvers of New Mexico.

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A great New Mexico tradition

For years, we have been collecting a variety of animals carved by Hispanic carvers in Northern New Mexico. Our recent purchase of a mountain lion carved by Joseph Ortega is a great find. Nicely carved and well painted, this piece is a terrific addition to our collection. It arrived quickly and was AMAZINGLY well packed.

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