HIGHLY ENGRAVED AND HAND CARVED SOUTH AMERICAN gourd rattle, probably from Peru. The carvings on this rattle are unbelievable and beautiful! Every inch of the gourd is completely covered with native village scenes, llamas, native cattle, tropical birds, flowers, trees, farmers, families loaded and headed to market, the market with pottery and produce and more! We have been enjoying this gourd for almost 20 years and each time we examine we see something different. It honestly requires a magnifying glass to see the itty bitty creations! One of our observations is that in some areas of the gourd you can see a native south american warrior skillfully carved on top of the other designs and then actually constructed from the other designs. What an artist! The top of the rattle has a 5 point star with each section or division filled with just animals and plants (Heaven? the beginning?) then several circles or rings surround the gourd, then the humans begin to be included in the carvings. Possibly a creation story. There are two signatures or makers marks on the bottom of the gourd. It is possibly from the Cuzco of Peru.
CONDITION: GOOD! It appears the very top of the gourd and the bottom of the handle have had something glued, possibly tropical feathers. There is also a trace of non-native glue between the gourd and the handle.
SIZE: GOURD: 13" diameter 6" tall; HANDLE: 3 1/2" diameter 8" length; OVERALL LENGTH: 14"
This rattle is truly a piece of art! Please let us know if we can answer any questions. We had a hard time loading our close up photographs, if you would like to see closer photographs, please let us know and we will attempt to email. Thanks!
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