This is a fun African Percussion Gourd Figure, Shaker or Rattle with Cowrie Shells from Kenya. The instrument is common in South African and Latin American folkloric traditions as well as some of the popular music styles. In performance it is shaken and/or hit against the hands. The shaker is made from vine gourds that grow on the ground. The shape of the gourd determines the sound of the instrument. A shaker is made by drying the gourd for several months then removing the pulp and seeds. After it is scrubbed, skillful bead work is added as well as color. Shakers and rattles play a big role in traditional African religions. This would be a wonderful addition to your collection or home.
13.5 Inches Tall
15.5 Inches Tall on stand
5 1/4 x 5 1/4 Gourd
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