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Sling

1400–1540

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

Slings were common weapons for ancient Andean populations since the Formative Period (c. 300 B.C.E.). Some Nazca (Nasca) vessels show a sling held in the hands, while other Nazca and Huari (Wari) vessels illustrate slings wrapped around the head. Lightweight and portable, slings provided effective tools for combat in a rock-filled Andean landscape. The wide central band would support the stones used as weapons. While the longer strap or end with a loop was secured around the fingers, the short strap was released to launch the stone.

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Details

  • Title: Sling
  • Date Created: 1400–1540
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 1 3/4 in. (4.45 cm) Width: 72 in. (1 m 82.88 cm)
  • Type: Textiles
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5336732/
  • Medium: Camelid fiber
  • period: Late Horizon
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, the Nora and John Wise Collection, bequest of Nora Wise

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