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horqueta (slingshot)
  • Mexico
  • horqueta (slingshot), 1989
  • Where object was made: Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • metal, plastic, rubber, leather, string
  • Object Length/Width: 42 x 9 cm
    Object Length/Width: 16 1/2 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5283

The thick wire armature is made in a "Y" shape and wrapped with plastic tubing. One arm is solid pink, the other is solid yellow and the handle is striped with the two colors. There are thick black rubber straps at the end joined with a brown leather piece to seat the projectile. The rubber is folded over and held in place with string.

It was used by men and boys for hunting small animals like birds, rabbits, or snakes.