- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Camelid fiber
- Overall: 82 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (209.55 x 4.44 cm)
- Arts of the Americas
- Not On View
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, the Nora and John Wise Collection, bequest of John Wise
- Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
- OBJECT NUMBER:
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.
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.