Calabash ornaments and hand rattles

Woodpecker Bird 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.  One design of this rattle features the figure of a large crested woodpecker - similar to both the pileated woodpecker of the US and the lineated woodpecker of Amazonia.  The other design shows the head of the crimson bellied woodpecker .  Woodpeckers are known for using their strong head, neck and beak to pound holes into rotting trees in search of insect prey and carve out a nest to raise their young.  .

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: ORWB014 (pileated/lineated), ORWB014B (tropical woodpecker); 0RWB034 (crimson bellied)