This is a Oaxacan wood carving of a scorpion. Oaxacan wood carvings are very popular because of their bright colors. Many people create them because they are idols of the animals and because bright colors are very popular in art in Oaxaca.
Oaxacan wood carvings, known in Spanish as monos de madera or alebrijes de Oaxaca have been around for a little more than 60 years. Manuel Jimenez a peasant from San Antonio Arrazola is the creator of this tradition.