South American Bola with Rhea Skin Covered Balls

Item A99                

This Item was Sold on 18 August 2012 for $100

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This bola or boleadora is a wonderful example of a functional bola with woven vegetable fibre cords. Each of the balls has a stone or solid sand interior that is surrounded by a leather pouch. The leather used to hold the balls is the breast skin from the large South American flightless bird called the Rhea. Because of age, there are small splits in the Rhea skin. This is expected in older bolas. This bola was old when I acquired it from antiquity dealer, Lance Ambrose, in Cleveland in 1991. This bola is possibly strong enough to throw, but it would be better to just hang it on the wall for display. Cord length = 85 -> 93 cm ; Ball diameters = 5.0 -> 6.0 cm ; Weight = 672 gm

The bola or boleadoras is a primitive hunting tool that was originally used by the Chinese, Eskimos and South American Indians. Bolas are a throwing device made out of weights that are attached to the ends of interconnected cords. Bolas are designed to capture animals by entangling their legs. They are most famously used by the South American gauchos to capture running cattle or game.

For detailed information about bolas from different cultures, please visit the flight-toys bola web page.

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