These animal-riding tricycle toys were dreamed of decades ago by Antonio Tambríz, a Mayan Indian belonging to the Quiché linguistic group. In his seventies now, Antonio continues to hand carve and paint each of the toys. Like many Mayans, Antonio is a subsistence farmer growing corn and beans on a plot of land inherited from his father. But subsistence means just that, and so he earns income by whittling these toys and slingshots, which he takes once or twice a month to a nearby tourist town to sell. The animals he carves for the tricycles owe their appearance to masked dancers that perform in ceremonies several times a year in his village, so their bodies have the shape and scale of humans although he tries to imbue each with some of the personality of each animal. Mayans hold the concept of nahuales, or spirit animals, believing that each human is born with a nahual, which accompanies that human throughout life, providing him or her strength, companionship, counsel, and joy. Antonio carves these toys mindful of their innate powers, and the whimsy they convey have made them sought after by collectors in Guatemala and beyond.
Material: 100% wood
Genuinely Guatemalan handmade
Fair Trade: Directly sourced from the producer
Dimensions: About 12" high, 8 wide and 9 " deep
MOQ 6 units