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Native Crafts MA02A

Jicara Art: Tree Frog guacal

The traditional dried jícara fruit shell has been used for bowls (guacal) by the region’s native groups since time immemorial.

This traditional handmade vessel for liquids, still used by the Maleku, has been created as an arts and crafts object as well as being a usable accesory. The striking painted surface – with added paper mache bas-relief, features local fauna: a red eyed green tree frog. A fiber cord allows this piece to be readily hung on the wall.

  • Tribe: Maleku
  • Location: Northern Plains of Costa Rica
  • Size: 11″ x 9 1/2″ (28cm x 24cm)
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