**Originally Listed At $200**
Oceania, Papua New Guinea, possibly Maprik / Wosera area, Abelam and Arapesh peoples, ca. early 20th century CE. Carved from the thigh bone of a huge cassowary bird (moruk in tok pisin). This example is incised with a criss-cross pattern down the front of the bone. Daggers like this one were traditionally worn on the upper arm, secured via a woven band, and occasionally around the neck. As a tool, bone daggers would have been used for hunting, combat, ceremonial sacrifices, digging, and/or dancing (singsing) decorations. This example still has its tip; those that have lost their tips are oftentimes used as lime spatulas or sewing tools. Size: 13.25" H (33.7 cm); 13.5" H (34.3 cm) on included custom stand. Size: 2" W x 14.5" H (5.1 cm x 36.8 cm); 14.85" H (37.7 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: ex-private Tucson, Arizona, USA collection; ex-Ron Perry collection; Ron Perry collected art and artifacts for more than 40 years in New Guinea and the South Pacific. He collaborated with Carolyn Leigh to write a book entitled, "Art Dealer in the Last Unknown: Ron Perry & New Guinea Art: the early years 1964-1972" (2011)
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