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Old 27th November 2019, 07:17 PM   #1
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Default Papua New Guinea Bone Dagger ?

I am not very familiar with these, however, this one is even a little more unusual in the fact that it has a clay mask, feathers, hemp, and cowrie shells. It is concave in the back, so I definitely think it is bone. It is 19" long.
Any comments about the nature or significance(ancestor worship ?), of this item, would be appreciated.
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Old 27th November 2019, 09:10 PM   #2
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I've never before seen, in person or in a picture, a bone dagger of this description.

Having become somewhat cynical regarding nondescript-seeming rarities, I've tended lately to shy away from such items.

That said, it is an interesting object. I eagerly await those with more experience in this area of endeavor.
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Old 28th November 2019, 06:13 AM   #3
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It could be a dagger made of the bone of a kasuar bird like this one of the fotos
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Old 28th November 2019, 12:00 PM   #4
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Your nice example seems more functional, whereas mine seems ceremonial at best.
An interesting note; while searching the internet for more information on this item, a university study determined that the daggers made from human bones were twice as strong as those made from the Cassowary bird.
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Old 29th November 2019, 01:02 AM   #5
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An interesting note; while searching the internet for more information on this item, a university study determined that the daggers made from human bones were twice as strong as those made from the Cassowary bird.


Bone density - that's why humans can't fly!



Well, one of the reasons.
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Old 29th November 2019, 06:00 PM   #6
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I think it's an Itamul dagger but not very old and maybe made for selling purpose.
See this interesting thread: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...mat+bone+dagger

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Old 5th December 2019, 01:03 AM   #7
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Thanks, Sajen, it was a very informative thread.
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