Calabash/Jicara Shells (Multiple Options)


These half-shell vessels are the hard rinds of fruit from the calabash tree, a plant that grows in Africa, Central America, South America, The West Indies and the southern most parts of Florida. 

The shells are practically used as cups, bowls and basins for food and water. They are often decorated with paint and carvings. 

Spiritually, the shells are used in a wide variety of pracices. The shell serves as a significant symbol in Vodou priesthood, often made into a sacred rattle. 

In some places, the shells are used in the building of instruments, such as the Brazilian berimbau.

We carry three sizes:

Small - about 4" in diameter

Medium - about 6" in diameter

Large - about 12" in diameter