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Slingshot, c1984-87

This is a slingshot, also known as a shanghai or catapult. It was handmade in the mid-1980s, its maker using the fork of a tree branch. This object is part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection held at Museum Victoria. Its overall dimensions are: length 7.20 cm x width 1.50 cm x height 14.00 cm.


Bowl by Edols and Elliott, 1998

This is a glass bowl made in 1998 by Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Measuring 24 cm (height) x 33 cm (width) x 30 cm (depth), it is half-ovoid in form and made from semitransparent blue glass. The surface of the bowl is decorated with a series of curved bands that join to form irregular ...

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Trebuchets and sieges

In medieval wars the trebuchet and other siege engines were used to attack castles and destroy defences. Trebuchets catapulted huge boulders, smashing down walls. They could also be used to fire diseased bodies and dead animals into a besieged castle or walled city.