These lovely Story Teller Animals are hand-carved in Vietnam. They are small relatives of the ancient Chinese tiger box. The tiger box was used to end music with a flourish by stroking its back three times with a stick. Hold these little ones -- you can call them guiros or rasps -- loosely in your hand or on your palm so they can resonate when you rub them.

Cricket Guiro

Just rub his belly with the stick (included) to hear him sing. Hand-made in Vietnam. 5" long.  $14.

 

Pig Guiro (Rasp)

This lovely little pig has a turned-up nose and a jaunty tail.  Rub the stick along his belly or tap him. A nice gentle wood-block.  4″ long.   $18.00

 

Fish Guiro

The fish guiro is 6.5 inches long.  Buy it now for $24.

Rabbit Guiro

This chubby rabbit feels really nice to hold. Tap him with either the large or small end of the stick or rub it along the little bumps on his head. A lovely little instrument. 4 inches long. Only one left. Buy it for $22.

THUMB PIANOS, also called Mbira or Sansa, are melodic instruments consisting of small metal strips arranged on a flat sounding board. The resonators are either gourds or wood. The sound of the mbira is associated with the creation myth. It is also called "the walker's friend" because it is taken on long journeys through the forest.

Thumb Piano

Wooden box-shaped thumb piano with buzzers. $35.

Gourd Thumb Piano

This gourd and wood thumb piano has buzzers on the metal keys; the design makes it easy to hold. Made in Kenya. $24.

 

Dugi Dugi

from Kenya is a little drum shaped like a lollipop. Played by twirling the stick between the palms or fingers so that beads on strings alternately hit the heads. Also called a Karate Kid drum or Tik Tak drum. $12.

 

 

Chun Mo

3-tone wood block hand-made in Viet Nam. $45.

Elephant Kokiriko

A variation on a traditional Japanese instrument for making clacking sound effects.  Approximately 16" long. $29.

cat kokiriko

Cat Kokiriko

Like the Elephant kokiriko, this instrument is hand-carved and crafted by skilled artisans in Indonesia.  Approximately 16" long. $29.

 

 

Musical Spoons

From Kenya, hand-made of resonant teak wood with bone handles. $22.

 

 

 

 

Khartals

Rhythm instrument from India. Slip your thumb through the round hole and slip the other khartal over your fingers on the same hand. Just clap the two straight edges together, and you can jingle and tap along with your favorite music.   $24.

Ceremonial Damaru from Nepal

With embroidered carry case.
Large 6" diameter $125

Tongue Drum / Slit Drum

Two-toned Slit Drum from Cameroon, made of resonant padouk wood, is 14 inches long and 5 inches wide. Comes with a stick. $95

 

Gourd Shakere with cowrie shells.


Approximately 7-9" diameter. $39

 

 

shakere with cowrie shells

Gourd Maracas from Peru

Hand Decorated Gourd Maracas from Peru are all unique. The design is burned into the gourd with very hot air. Play 2 together in one hand. Sold by the pair. $18.

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