Cassowary Bone Dagger from Papua New Guinea

Item BR160 

This Item was Sold on 23 September 2008 for $45

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This dagger is made out of a section of the large leg bone from a Cassowary. The Cassowary is a large flightless bird that lives in New Guinea. The dagger tapers to a rounded point at one end. The other end has a small drilled hole which is used to affix ornamentation, like feathers and strings of shell beads. Cassowary bone daggers were rather common in the past, but fewer are being made now. This dagger was collected in PNG in the 1970s and was an older piece when it was collected. There is no damage to this artifact. It look really great! Length = 27 cm ; Weight = 34 gm

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