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Gourds

Gourds

Gourds (widely known as Guajes from the Cucurbitaceae species) were essential in daily life of Mexico for centuries. Many kitchen utensils were made of gourds: cups (jícaras, from the Nahuatl xicalli), spoons, strainers, containers for liquids or personal belongings. During pre-hispanic times, jícara (gourd cup) was even used as a measure for the tax contributions of grain, gold and pigments, as shown in the manuscripts’ illustrations by Franciscan friars from the XVI century.

In time, artisans took the modest guaje and decorated it with maque, pigments, or carvings, and it became one of the most beautiful expressions of Mexican talent and imagination. Today, guajes are still used in specialized restaurants and many homes for serving mezcal, atole, chocolate, or as decoration.

We present you the special selection of carved guajes from Oaxaca. 

  • Mexico 1492 - Large, carved, round gourd sphere (guaje), dyed in white and carved by the skillful hands of the Oaxacan artisans. Looks spectacular on a Christmas tree and breathtaking in a pack of 12 or more on a plate or in a bowl. Carved with motifs of birds, armadillos, iguanas and sea turtles.
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    Carved Gourd Ornamental Sphere - White

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    Large, carved, round gourd sphere (guaje), dyed in white and carved by the skillful hands of the Oaxacan artisans. Looks spectacular on a Christmas...

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  • Mexico 1492 - Black carved gourd sphere (guaje), handmade in Oaxaca, perfect Christmas ornament
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    Carved Gourd Ornamental Sphere - Black

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    Large, carved, round gourd sphere (guaje), dyed in black and carved by the skillful hands of the Oaxacan artisans. Looks spectacular on a Christmas...

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  • Carved Gourd Ornamental Sphere - Red
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    Carved Gourd Ornamental Sphere - Red

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    Available Through Special Order Only: Large, carved, round gourd sphere (guaje), dyed in red and carved by the skillful hands of the Oaxacan artisa...

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  • Carved Gourd Ornamental Sphere - Natural Beige
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    Carved Gourd Ornamental Sphere - Natural Beige

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    Available Through Special Order Only: Large, carved, round gourd sphere (guaje). Carved by the skillful hands of the Oaxacan artisans. Looks specta...

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  • Sold out
    Original price $645.00
    Current price $425.75

    Carved Gourd Ornamental Sphere - Customized

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    Available Through Special Order Only: Large, carved, round gourd sphere (guaje), dyed or not and carved by the skillful hands of the Oaxacan artisa...

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    Original price $645.00
    Current price $425.75
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  • Carved Gourd Mezcal Cup (Jícara de Guaje)
    $4.75

    Carved Gourd Mezcal Cup (Jícara de Guaje)

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     Available through special orders - please contact us at info@mexico1492.com. Small, carved, round gourd cup (jícara de guaje) with the base ring m...

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    $4.75
  • Carved Gourd Hot Chocolate Cup (Jícara de Guaje)
    from $7.25

    Carved Gourd Hot Chocolate Cup (Jícara de Guaje)

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      Available through special orders - please contact us at info@mexico1492.com. Large, carved, round gourd cup (jícara de guaje) with the base ring ...

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  • Carved Gourd Mezcal Bottle (Guaje)
    $19.75

    Carved Gourd Mezcal Bottle (Guaje)

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     Available through special orders - please contact us at info@mexico1492.com. Carved, round gourd recipient (bottela de guaje) with the base ring m...

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    $19.75
  • Natural Carved Gourd Tortillero
    from $57.75

    Natural Carved Gourd Tortillero

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    Carved gourd, large enough to hold fresh, warm tortillas. In natural shades of green and brown or dyed white or black, carved by the skillful hands...

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  • Black Carved Gourd Tortillero
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    Black Carved Gourd Tortillero

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    Painted and carved gourd, large enough to hold fresh, warm tortillas. In natural shades of green and brown or dyed white or black, carved by the sk...

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    from $57.75
  • White Carved Gourd Tortillero
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    White Carved Gourd Tortillero

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    Painted and carved gourd, large enough to hold fresh, warm tortillas. In natural shades of green and brown or dyed white or black, carved by the sk...

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  • Carved Gourd Bowl - Large
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    $82.75

    Carved Gourd Bowl - Large

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    Painted and hand carved gourd, large enough to hold fresh, warm tortillas, fruit or candy. Dyed in white and carved by the skillful hands of the Oa...

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    $82.75
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  • Mexico 1492 Gift Card
    from $10.00

    Mexico 1492 Gift Card

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    Shopping for someone else but not sure what to give them?Give them the gift of choice with a Mexico1492 gift card. Gift cards are delivered by emai...

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