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Pair of Early 20th C. Guatemalan Ondillas / Slingshots

Central America, Guatemala, early 20th century CE. A pair of wooden slingshots, both hand-carved in animorphic forms. The first example assumes the form of a perching bird with a grand crest of intricately delinated feathers, inlaid red shell or stone eyes, and generous remains of blue, red, and green pigments on the surface. Next, is an endearing squirrel holding a nut in his front paws, his form boasting wonderful details including an incised, furry tail, inlaid iridescent stone eyes, and a meticulously incised base presenting linear and star-like motifs. Elaborately carved slingshots (ondillas) are a common theme of Guatemalan folk art from this time period. Custom stand. Size: larger slingshot measures 1.75" W x 5.25" H (4.4 cm x 13.3 cm)

Condition: Squirrel ondilla is intact and excellent. Bird ondilla has tiny nick to upper plume and minor surface wear - nice pigment remains and lovely patina.

Provenance: Ex-private New Mexico collection

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