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horqueta (slingshot)
  • Mexico
  • horqueta (slingshot), 1989
  • Where object was made: Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • wood, rubber, leather, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width: 50 x 12 cm
    Object Length/Width: 19 5/8 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5284

The slingshot has a "Y" shaped wooden handle and plant fiber strings loosely wrapped at the divide. Black rubber straps are tied on the end of the post with white rubber strips. The brown leather strap joins the black rubber strap.

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