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Object Number:2003-32-335
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Gilbert Islands
Shark Teeth
Coconut Fiber
Length: 35 cm
Width: 4 cm
Credit Line:Gift of the Philadelphia Commercial Museum (also known as the Philadelphia Civic Center Museum), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003
Other Number:1993.X.270 - Other Number


Short weapon of light-colored wood, very sllightly curved, edged with large sharks' teeth: thirteen one edge (2 broken of); twelve the other (1 broken off, 2 missing). Teeth individually attached by means of fiber cord through holes in their bases and in the blade. Handle roughly square in corss-section, pierced, with small loop of metal wire. Raised ring between handle and blade. Exhibited at l'Exposition universelle de Paris 1900.

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