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A Collection of Bone Daggers from the Sepik area of Papua New Guinea


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Collection No. TB- Bone Daggers
Size Heights: 25cm to 38cm
A Collection of Bone Daggers from the Sepik area of Papua New Guinea
A Collection of Bone Daggers from the Sepik area of Papua New Guinea
A Collection of Bone Daggers from the Sepik area of Papua New Guinea
A Collection of Bone Daggers from the Sepik area of Papua New Guinea
A Collection of Bone Daggers from the Sepik area of Papua New Guinea

This fine collection of ten old Cassowary Bird Bone Daggers are from a different area in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea.  They were collected over the past 35 years from many different collections in Australia. Bone Daggers can be some of the most beautiful of personal objects made in the Sepik River area.  Most have finely incised designs depicting ancestor or spirit faces.  These old Bone Daggers were often passed down through generations and were thought to be imbued with ancestral spiritual energy.  The cassowary is a large flightless Bird and can be compared in size to an Ostrich or Emu. They are an important source of meat for people all over the Island of New Guinea. The beautiful birds can also be found in small numbers in far North Queensland like the Daintree National Park.

There was a fine exhibition of these types of Sepik River Bone Daggers at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Titled ” Mother Cassowary Bones: Daggers of the East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea ” 1989 by Douglas Newton then Chairman Department of Primitive Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  There was also a fine essay by Douglas Newton about these Bone Daggers that published in The Metropolitan Museum Journal No 24 in 1989.  I was lucky to see this fine exhibition in person at the MET in 1989,  it was a small be a very elegant display of the Masterpieces of Sepik River Bone Daggers both from their collection and from the John Friede Collection of New Guinea Art.

Provenances: Many early Australian Collections & information can be provided on purchase. The Todd Barlin Collection of Sepik River Art.

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