Anyone who has attended any of my lectures on African Art in General, may recognize this piece, as I always used it as an example of something beautifully carved, and a lot more beautiful than the "catties" we made as kids!
We acquired this in 1994 in the Ivory Coast.
Sling shots or catapults were used
amongst the Baule people to hunt fruit
bats which were considered a delicacy.
Today, children use the slingshots to
scare birds away so they don’t eat the
family’s ripening millet stalks. For play,
it is used to see who can hit the farthest
H: 9 1/2” x W: 3 3/4” x D: 1”