Calabash ornaments and hand rattles

Bat Mammal Calabash Christmas tree ornament and hand rattle

These unique Christmas tree ornaments and rattles are made from calabash tree pods (gourds) by native artisans from the Ampiyacu River region of the Peruvian Amazon.  This rattle features a bat in a forest environment.  There are more than one thousand species of bats in the world making them by far the most diverse type of mammal.  While three kinds of vampire bats do feed on the blood of other animals, most of tiny sonar-equipped flyers feed on millions of insects, sip nectar (making them important pollinators) or consume fruits and disperse the seeds of many rainforest plants.   

This rattle has a chambira palm fiber chord allows it to be hung from a Christmas tree.  The beads inside also make it a great rattle that fits in the palm of your hand. 

Please remember that the artisan carves these rattles one at a time so the exact design of the animal and shape of the calabash pod may vary from the photo shown of this model.

Model: ORWM031