South American Bola with Leather Covered Balls

Item TB67 

This item was sold on 27 September 2006 for $48

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The bola is a primitive hunting tool that were originally used by the Chinese, Eskimos and South American Indians. Bolas are a throwing device made of weights on the ends of interconnected cords, designed to capture animals by entangling their legs. They are most famously used by the South American gauchos. Gauchos used bolas 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 good example of a functional bola with braided leather cords and a leather pouch surrounding a concrete or solid sand interior on each of the balls. The balls are all slightly different sizes to improve separation. Th ecords are longer than on most commercial bolas. The leather is soft and more pliable that what you usually find for sale and this item is fine for display. The leather that covers the balls has abraded away from the surface on one of the balls and with the start of abrasion on another ball. The balls still have a good side for display purposes and it should still be strong enough to throw with care. The age of this bola is 10-15 years. Cord length = 87-> 96 cm ; Ball diameters = 5 -> 6 cm ; Weight = 626 gm

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