This Item was Sold on 8 June 2012
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This bola or boleadora is a large and wonderful example of a functional bola with leather 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. One of the balls has separated from the leather cord and can be sewn back on for display purposes. Cord length = 78 -> 88 cm ; Ball diameters = 5.5 -> 6.5 cm ; Weight = 878 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.