The shekere (also known as chekere or xequerê) is a percussive instrument of West African origin consisting of a dried gourd with seeds woven into a net covering the gourd.
It makes a lovely objet d'art and is a great conversation piece. Beware however that everyone's first instinct is to pick it up and give it a rattle.
The instrument is common in West African and Latin American folkloric traditions as well as some of the popular music styles. The shekere is played by shaking, rubbing, hitting or tapping, creating different rhythmic effects.