Collected in the 1960's by a manager of a large multi-national firm who spent 25 years living and working in PNG in the East New Britain area around Kokopo, this is a stunning Dagger from the Maprik region, Papua New Guinea. This Dagger is part of a wonderful collection (1 of 50 Daggers) amassed by this individual (who wishes to remain anonymous) and her husband over a 25 year period and brought back to Australia in the early 90's. Over 600 pieces in total.
Stunning old Dagger with ancestral clan etchings from the Maprik region. Although daggers were used in displays of warfare, they were also found to have ritual purposes and often used in initiations. The piece has a deep glossy patina throughout from generations of use and handling. It is of superb museum quality. The estimated age of the piece is between 1930’s to 1940’s.This is a stunning collectors piece.
Warriors in the Sepik region formerly employed a variety of weapons. Most, such as spears, were intended to strike the enemy from a distance, but men also carried daggers for use in close combat. With blunt edges and sharp tips, daggers were exclusively stabbing weapons, often used to kill an enemy incapacitated by spears or arrows or, at times, in more stealthy acts of assassination. Many daggers were supernaturally powerful objects that played important roles in male initiation and other ceremonies. Daggers and dagger-like objects were worn as personal ornaments, and many ornate examples with blunt tips may have been ceremonial objects. Daggers were fashioned primarily from the leg bones of cassowaries (large ostrich-like birds) but also, in rare instances, from the femurs of ancestors or enemies.