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Dagger

Object Number:58-17-24C
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Asmat (uncertain)
Provenience: Southwest Coast, New Guinea (uncertain)
New Guinea (uncertain)
Culture Area: Asmat
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Bone
Seed
Feather
Plant Fiber
Length: 32 cm
Width: 8.5 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Harry B. Wright, 1958

Description

Made of the distal end of a human (?) femur. Distal end covered with closely netted fiber "cap" to which is attached an ornament of grey and red seeds and black tubes with tufts of cassowary feathers at the ends (similar to ornament on 58-17-24B, except ends of feathers are cut blunt. Braided strip of peel around base of "cap." Lower half of shaft on posterior side is carved with geometric designs.

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