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Dagger

Museum number:
11-42253
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Accession number:
Acc.3092
Object count:
1
Description:
Dagger made from a section of cassowary leg bone. Sharpened at one end, with joint end carved in the form of a bird. Below this are three perforations with fibers attached. The upper portion is painted red, yellow, black, and white. Nassa shells are used for the bird’s eyes.
Donor:
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Ready, Jr. Fund
Collection place:
Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
Culture or time period:
New Guinea, Papua Island
Materials:
Bone (material)
Taxon:
Casuarius
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements
Accession date:
1974
Department:
Cat. 11 - Oceania (incl. Australia)
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