Hand-carved wooden slingshot of a falcon sitting on a stump
The Maya Indian men, particularly those in the altiplano around the town of Nahuala, carve wooden items for their daily use. Pipes and hondas (slingshots) are the items most commonly encountered.
This is very simply carved wooden slingshot depicting a halcon or falcon. It has a nice old patina from use, and is usable ssince it is still equipped with the rubber sling. It is carved from a soft wood that looks like pine. Overall length is about 6 inches. A nice example of typical indigenous manufacture.