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 a monkey - one of the estimated 150 species found in Central and South America. Their agility navigating through trees of jungles throughout the region is aided by their prehensile tails which they can use as a fifth limb to grasp branches or food. Most of the New World monkeys eat fruit, but others eat leaves and/or insects.
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.