Maracas are percussion musical instruments that originated in Latin America. Players hold them by their handles, usually in pairs, and shake them. Traditional maracas consist of hollow balls made from dried gourd shell which is then filled with seeds or dried beans, then mounted on a wooden handle. Peruvian maracas are always elaborately decorated with pictures and patterns from local folk history, depicting animals and wildlife from times past and present. Our maracas stand 25cm tall.