Antique African Hand-Carved Wooden Sling Shot On Custom Lucite Base
Antique hand-carved slingshots are popular throughout West Africa, historically made by Lobi, Dan, and Baule carvers. Found in both the male and female form, their meanings vary. Generally, the female form has long been associated with fertility and are considerably more rare and hard to find. The male form is traditionally carved by a father and given to his son to bring luck through the power that flows through the slingshot.
This particular slingshot features the initials R, D, and what appears to be the apex of the letter A below a finely rendered face. The finish is smooth and graceful as it rises out from atop the head. It's difficult to tell whether the slingshot is intended to be male or female, though the exquisite carving makes this a special example.
This slingshot measures 8.25" high, 2.25" wide and with a depth of 2.25" - making it an elegant conversation piece and a unique objet d'art for a considered home.