Hand-carved functional wooden slingshot in form of a squirrel eating a nut
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 squirrel eatng a nut. It has a nice old used patina, with obvious signs of use. Overall length is about 5 inches. It appears to made from a medium-hard wood, such as mahogany. This slingshot still retains its original rubber band and pouch as it was used, though one of the rubber straps is broken.