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Dagger

Museum number:
11-37848
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Accession number:
Acc.1915
Object count:
1
Description:
Dagger, ritual digging tool; section of cassowary bone with joint-end broken off; incised curvilinear and zig-zag designs around a humanlike face; worn by village big-men (nimandu) in their plaited armbands, as an ornament; sometimes used in fighting.
Donor:
Ellsworth La Boyteaux and Mrs. Ellsworth La Boyteaux
Collection place:
Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
Culture or time period:
Abelam
Collector:
Bruce Lawes
Materials:
Bone (material)
Taxon:
Casuarius
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
1.3 Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and 2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements
Accession date:
1964
Department:
Cat. 11 - Oceania (incl. Australia)
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