Description & Technical information

A very fine decorated fighting dagger. The incised ornementation represents an extreme stylization of the yam plant. The finial is carved to represent a stylized head of an zoomorphic being with protruding eyes. Wogamush, Iwam area, Upper Sepik, PNG, Melanesia. Cassowary bone with a fine patina of age and usage.

Period:  19th/20th century.
Origin:  Melanesia
Medium: Cassowary bone
Dimensions: 37 cm (14⁵/₈ inches)
Provenance: Ex Dutch colonial collection, the Netherlands. Ex coll. Maurice Stevens, Rotterdam.
Categories: Tribal Art