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This listing is for a very old Gourd with a handmade brass bombilla. These are/were used in South America, particularly Argentina to drink a tea called yerba mate.
The brass around the top of the hollowed out gourd is all hand tooled into an intricate flowery pattern. Incribed in an old handwriting style onto the gourd is the name Maria. The gourd has no cracks or damage.
The bombilla is hand tooled brass with tiny holes at the bottom flared part. The tea herbs were placed into the gourd and water added. Then the bombilla acts as a straw allowing you to sip the tea without getting the herb leaves through the straw/bombilla. This bombilla is marked Argentina though it is faint.

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Yerba maté is drunk throughout South America—Argentina and Uruguay—from a gourd and a metal straw called the bombilla, hence the name of the company (although ironically, the company makes only bottled teas, not the brewed teas that would be drunk through a bombilla and gourd).

The gourd is the cup in which the maté is both brewed and drunk. It is often a dried calabash gourd, but may also be made of wood, bamboo, ceramic or metal shaped like gourds. Depending on the wealth of the owner, the gourds can be simple, trimmed with silver or elaborately decorated with heraldic designs with floral motifs. Maté leaves are packed into the gourd and hot water is added to steep them (maté leaves can be steeped in hot or cold water). When the infusion is complete, the tea is sipped through the bombilla, a metal straw, generally bronze or nickel (although affluent individuals may sport bombillas in precious metals). The bombilla acts as a sieve: The submerged end is flared, with small holes or slots that allow the brewed liquid in and keep the steeped leaves out. Bombillas are often passed down, and quality metal straws can last for generations.

In South America, maté is a shared experience. Traditionally, The bombilla and gourd are passed between friends with the host who prepared the brew taking the first and strongest drink. In this sense, the bombilla and gourd is not only a symbol of maté but of friendship and shared experience.




Vintage Yerba Mate Gourd and Bombilla

Overview

  • Materials: gourd, brass
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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