Medium hand carved gourd, from Cochas Grande, Huancayo. Various birds, monkeys, jaguars and natives are depicted in this jungle scene.
These tricoloured gourds, or mate burilados as they're known in Peru, are produced by gently brushing the gourd with smouldering eucalyptus wood to darken the skin. The longer the gourd is exposed to burning, the darker the colour. The rest of the design is then carefully carved by hand with a very sharp nail.
The art of gourd carving is passed on through each generation.The designs are inspired by the carvers surroundings, traditions and stories from the village, and images are always carved directly onto the gourds.