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 an image of the armadillo - one of 20 kinds of this mammal with a hard shell that ranges in size from 5 inches to 5 feet long. It uses its sharp claws to dig for grubs and insects to eat and dig underground dens.
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.
Also see: Armadillo Balsa Wood Ornament