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 coati (or coatimundi) - the Latin American relative of the racoon in North America. It shares its ringed tail and innate curiosity for exploring its environs. The coati has a slender upward turned flexible snout which allows it to check out and feed on a wide variety of small animals and fruit. It spends a lot of time in trees and has also has highly flexible ankles which allow it to walk down a trunk facing forward.
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: Coati Balsa Wood Ornament