Peruvian Bola made by the Aguaruna Indians - 19th Century

Item AC9 


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This bola or Boleadora is a very rare example of a functional indigenous hunting tool made by the Aguaruna Indians of Peru in the 19th Century. The basic design is similar to that of the Boleadora made by the gauchos of Argentina, but this one was made by Native Americans who preceded the gauchos. The Aguaruna Indians are from Peru and bolas from this region are very rare and valuable, especially the old ones. The cords are a complex weave of vegetative fibres. The pouches are made out of split leather. It is very thick and probably from a mammal. This bola is complete and in excellent condition. There are two collection tags still attached and these identify the tribe and collection numbers from previous sales. I have had this bola in my collection since 1994. The previous owner was a dentist from California who had it in his collection for more than 30 years. This bola is possibly strong enough to throw, but I would prefer that the buyer keep this as a collectible because of its historical value.

Length = 175 cm ; Weight = 419 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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