Sling

DATE:
1400–1540
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Camelid fiber
CLASSIFICATION:
Textiles
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 13 27/32 x 1 3/4 x 113 in. (35.2 x 4.44 x 287.02 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of the Americas
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, the Nora and John Wise Collection, bequest of John Wise
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
OBJECT NUMBER:
1983.W.2168

General Description

Slings were common weapons for ancient Andean populations since the Formative Period (c. 300 BCE). 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.

Adapted from

Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Label text [1983.W.2168; 1983.W.2167; 1989.W.2349; 1984.W.148], 2015.