Sitting patiently with a wide-eyed expression on its face, this balam (jaguar) sculpture is designed by Jose Canil to honor his ancestors. "Jaguars were regarded as sacred, a deity, by our Maya ancestors and no one was allowed to harm them. Balam is the jaguar god protector of fields and harvest, so ceremonies were held in its honor before sowing," explains the Guatemalan artisan. He carves and paints the pinewood sculpture by hand. "That’s why I love carving jaguar images, they connect me with my Maya roots."
The tail is detachable.
19.5 cm H x 31 cm W x 18.5 cm D
7.75" H x 12.25" W x 7.25" D
THIS PRODUCT IS ARTISAN-MADE
ARTIST: Jose Canil Ramos
"I was born on May 25, 1981 in Chichicastenango and I learnt my craft from my father. He used to carve masks and saints to sell at the Chichi market. This is a very famous market because artisans from all surrounding villages come to sell their creations, and therefore has become a great tourist attraction. For that reason, market days are very important to my family.
"When I was younger dad would only allow me to sandpaper a piece, and as I got older he would let me paint too. It wasn't until I was older that he'd finally let me carve the wood.
"I've always loved this craft and I used to spend hours practicing, but it meant that my school work suffered and I barely managed to study. With a lot of effort and hard work I manage to finish middle school when I was 22 years old. I would like to keep on studying now, I would like to become an accountant but there is no one to help me in the workshop right now, so for the moment I can't.
"I remember well the first piece I ever did completely on my own: an angel. I put it among the things my father took to the market to sell, and then I lost track of it! I hope it got sold to someone who appreciated it because at the time I was only an apprentice.
"I like to develop new styles so I am constantly studying the art work in churches and books for inspiration. I study every little detail to make sure I can replicate it. I start with sketching the piece, then I make a prototype. Most of the time I work with the idea of something, rather than with its photo, because I feel it hampers my inspiration and then I'm not happy with the final product.
"I enjoy this craft because not only is it beautiful, but it is forever linked to the culture and traditions brought over by the Spanish. They introduced us to their saints and some of the masks were worn for dancing.
"I've been dedicated to this craft for years, and I still feel that I continue to improve. Now I share a workshop with my mother. Thanks to the Almighty we have been able to keep afloat without my father, who passed away 18 years ago. This was one of the hardest blows I've received in my lifetime, because I was only 10 years old and I felt lost without his guidance. On top of that was seeing the devastation caused by his drinking and the effects it had on my family, that's why I swore I would never ever touch a drop of alcohol.
"I usually work every day because of the country's difficult economic situation. But when I do get around relaxing, I enjoy painting and carving more delicate figurines. They require more time and I see it as a challenge to refine my skills.
"I also enjoy observing clients' response to my work, especially when they complement me. It fills me with great happiness and makes me want to work even harder."
We pack, ship, certify and 100% guarantee the quality of this item. Watch this video to see how.
This item is available for backorder and will ship within 2 to 8 weeks. Although we cannot guarantee availability, we do expect to be able to fill the order within the timeframe indicated.
If for any reason we are unable to ship the item within this timeframe, we will notify you.
This item has a special shipping flat fee which means that due to bulk, duties, or other special requirements, the item will be shipped to you via one of our special one-rate services. Shipping is only available to the United States (lower 48 States only).
34 - 36
38 - 40
42 - 44
46 - 48
28 - 30
32 - 34
36 - 38
40 - 42
14 - 14.5
15 - 15.5
16 - 16.5
17 - 17.5
FINDING YOUR SIZE
Take your measurements with the tape measure over your under garments. If your measurements fall between sizes you may prefer the next larger size. Inseam, skirt and dress lengths vary by style and will be listed in the item description. Our sweaters are knit in standard American sizes, however actual measurements vary by style.
BUST / CHEST
Measure around the fullest part of chest under the arms and over the shoulder blades keeping the tape measure level.
Measure around the smallest part of the waist keeping the tape measure comfortably loose. Most garments use the low waist measurement noted below.
Measure around the body approximately 1.5" below the natural waist (above). This is the area where most pants and skirts actually fit.
Standing with your heels together, measure around the fullest part of the body approx 7"-8" below the waist.
Measure around the base of the neck keeping the tape measure comfortably loose.
Bend elbow slightly and starting at the center back of the neck, measure across the shoulder, to the elbow and down to the wrist.
Our standard inseam length for women is 32" and 34" for men; however inseam measurements will vary slightly by style.
Download our printable ring sizing chart to find the perfect fit!
We refer to these items as "discounted wholesale". Such items carry a deeper wholesale discount than other items, and have greater potential to provide your business with healthier resale margins.
Triple 'Win' Pricing
#rc.config.settings.storefront.name# offers triple win pricing, where YOU the consumer, Children from around the world, and Artisans all benefit.
WIN # 1 You Save!
Handmade goods from developing nations usually pass through a series of intermediaries before being purchased by retail consumers. Each of these intermediaries adds cost to the product, and that cost is passed on to the customer. The #rc.config.settings.storefront.name# partnered with NOVICA, who works directly with artists through their regional offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America, allowing purchases from UNICEF Market to go directly from the artisans to fulfilling customer orders. By skipping steps in the traditional supply chain, you can buy high quality items for less than the regular retail prices.
WIN # 2 Children Benefit!
Each item purchased from #rc.config.settings.storefront.name# will benefit UNICEF's programs that provide lifesaving nutrition, medicine, education, clean water, emergency relief and more to children in need.
Every time you shop on the Hunger pages of GreaterGood, you give extra cups of food for people in need -- at no extra cost to you. Funds are divided between Mercy Corps, Food Recovery Network, Millennium Promise, Partners in Health, and Mae Tao Clinic.
Every time you shop on the Breast Cancer pages of GreaterGood, you help provide mammograms to women in need, fund research in the fight against breast cancer, and other care and services for women with the disease -- at no extra cost to you. Funding is through GreaterGood.org, which gives grants to clinics and organizations that provide low-income, minority, and working-poor women access to free or low-cost mammography.
Every time you shop on the Animal Rescue pages of GreaterGood, you give the value of bowls of food to animals in shelters and sanctuaries. Funds are divided between The Fund for Animals and Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), and Rescue Bank.
Every time you shop on the Veterans pages of GreaterGood. you help provide meals to homeless veterans, and veterans and their families who are struggling to make ends meet -- at no extra cost to you. Funds are divided between our charity partners on the ground: Food Recovery Network, Veteran Homestead, and Veterans Village of San Diego. Thank you for supporting our veterans!
Every time you shop on the Autism pages of GreaterGood, you're helping to fund both autism research and therapy for children with autism -- at no extra cost to you. Research funding goes to Autism Speaks and therapy funding is directed to Lekotek and the National Autism Association.
Every time you shop on the Alzheimer's pages of GreaterGood, you're helping to fund Alzheimer's research -- at no extra cost to you. Research funding goes to leaders in the field, including the University of Michigan.
Every time you shop on the Diabetes pages of GreaterGood, you're helping to fund diabetes research and a cure for diabetes -- at no extra cost to you. Research funding goes to leaders in the field, including Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mayo Clinic, and American Diabetes Association.
Every time you shop on the Literacy pages of GreaterGood, you give free books to children in need -- at no extra cost to you. Funds are divided between First Book and Room to Read.
Every time you shop on the Rainforest pages of GreaterGood, you help preserve endangered rainforest land -- at no extra cost to you. Funds are granted to the Rainforest Trust (formerly World Land Trust-US).