South American Bola with Leather Covered Balls

Item TB182 

This Item was Sold on 11 March 2011 for $34

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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.

This bola is a half scale of a real functional bola with braided leather cords. Each of the balls has a solid interior that is surrounded by a leather pouch. The leather used to hold the balls is probably Rhea skin. The interior of the balls may be a hardwood. This bola is probably strong enough to throw, but it would be better to hang it on the wall for display. There are small blemishes on the surface of one ball (see photo), but it is still plenty strong enough to use. You can always turn the ball to the side to hide the blemish if you decide to display it. This bola is small enough for a child to use.

Cord length = 43 -> 45 cm ; Ball diameters = 3.7 -> 4.0 cm ; Weight = 108 gm

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