Shofar is a natural instrument made from animal horn that has been in use since Biblical times. The shofar is mentioned frequently in the Hebrew Bible. It was a shofar blast that emanated from the thick cloud on Mount Sinai and made the Israelites tremble in awe (Exodus 19-20). The shofar was used the announce holidays (Psalms 81:4), to sound in the New Year (Leviticus 7:9), in procession with the Ark of the Covenant (II Samuel 6:15, I Chronicles 15:28), to signify war (Joshua 6:4, Judges 3:27), and just as a beautiful musical instrument (Psalms 98:6, 47:5).
The Yemenite Shofar is a shofar made from the kudu. The kudu is a large antelope with long curled horns. The Yemenite Shofar has an interesting history. The Jews of Yemen (a country on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula) had no access to the horns from rams. Therefore, to make shofars and fulfill the mitzvahs of sounding the shofar, horns from the kudu were brought from Africa. These were brought across the narrow Bab el-Mandeb Strait. The kudu fulfilled the standards for making a kosher shofar.
Half-Polished: Along the length of the shofar half of the husk, the rugged texture of the horn, is removed and polished. The remainder of the husk is cleaned and left intact with minor sanding.
*Please note that colors, textures and size range may vary due to the fact that this is a natural product. The size of the shofar is determined by measuring outside around the spiral, not the overall length. See example in photos.
** Note: the inches are only approximate!