Argentinian Bola with Leather Covered Balls and with Metal Caps

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This bola or boleadora is a wonderful example of a functional bola with twisted leather cords. Each of the balls has a stone or solid sand interior and the balls are surrounded by a leather pouch. The leather used to hold the balls is Rhea skin. Each of the balls has an ornate metal cap with an embossed floral design. Only the finest bolas have metal caps. The leather on the bolas is in very good condition with typical age splits and minor wear. This bola was probably made in the late 19th Century or early 20th Century. This bola is possibly strong enough to throw, but it would be better to just hang it on the wall for display and make your own bola out of nylon cords and tennis balls filled with concrete.

Length = 200 cm ; Weight = 992 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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