Description & Technical information

A very fine fighting dagger composed of a sting-ray barb set into a carved wood handle decorated with a large ancestor head. The ferule is decorated with glass trade-beads. Admiralty Islands, Bismarck Archipelago, PNG, Melanesia. Wood with putty-nut (parinarium), sting-ray barb and trad-beads.

Date:  19th century
Period:  1750-1850, 1850-1900, 19th century
Origin:  Melanesia
Medium: Carved wood, Sting-ray barb
Dimensions: 27.3 x 5.2 x 4.8 cm (10³/₄ x 2 x 1⁷/₈ inches)
Provenance: Ex coll. : Jim Davidson, Melbourne ; Dieter Zenz, Germany. Exhibited : Gal. Meyer circa 1992.
Categories: Tribal Art