Turtle shaped Ocarina -clay instrument

Entice the senses and explore this fascinating Brazilian instrument. This musical instrument, characteristic of Brazil, is also a rare and beautiful piece for your home.
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Measures (HxWxD): 7 x 11 x 12.5 cm (2.7 x 4.3 x 4.9 in). It weighs: 0.20 kg (0.4lb)

This instrument was made by one of the most renowned Brazilian artisans, Master Nado, from the state of Pernambuco, Northeastern Brazil. A professional potter, Master Nado specialized in the production of clay urns, water receptacles that were produced mostly to house holy water. They were also used for daily use to keep water cool and fresh before homes used refrigerators.

With the popularity of refrigerators, the demand for these water urns decreased considerably. Master Nado began to use clay for the production of musical instruments, especially flutes and traditional percussion instruments such as the gourd and maracas (a rattle type of instrument).

The quality of his work is recognized world wide. A great Brazilian percussionist named Nana Vasconcelos made Master Nados creations popular and well known. This ocarina has the shape of a turtle.

The ocarina is an ancient wind musical instrument-a type of vessel flute. Variations exist, but a typical ocarina is an enclosed space with four to twelve finger holes and a mouthpiece that projects from the body. It is traditionally made from clay or ceramic.

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