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Title

Cassowary bone dagger,

mid 20th century
collected 1969


Artists

Unknown Artist


Details


Other Title

Spoon/dagger


Cultural origin

Duna people


Dates

mid 20th century
collected 1969


Materials used

cassowary bone, plant fibre string, gold-lipped oyster shell (Pinctada maxima)


Dimensions

26.0 cm length


Credit

Gift of Stan Moriarty 1977


Location

Not on display


Accession number

805.1979.6



Place

Where the work was made
Lake Kopiago

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 137 (colour illus.), 163. cat.no. 79; titled 'Duna man's apparel (selected items)'