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Maker:
Somali artist  Search this
Medium:
Plant fiber, leather
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 7.6 x 102.9 x 1.3 cm (3 x 40 1/2 x 1/2 in.)
Type:
Weapon and Armament
Geography:
Somalia
Date:
Mid-20th century
Label Text:
Today in Somalia the word waraf is used for "airmail," but its traditional meaning in southern Somalia is "slingshot." To use this weapon, a person holds one end in his hand, places a stone into the wide pocket section and puts the loop at the other end on his index finger. He swings the slingshot by his side until it builds up speed and can be raised over his head. He then releases the end and the stone flies to the target.
Description:
Slingshot of leather covered with twined plant fiber with woven center section pocket.
Provenance:
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jackson, Washington, D.C., -- to 1972
Topic:
Hunting/Fishing  Search this
Male use  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jackson
Object number:
72-8-7
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_72-8-7