A Collection of four Antique Obsidian Bladed Daggers, Maus Province Papua New Guinea
|Collection No.||Coll - Obsidian Daggers|
|Size||Heights 25-28 cm|
Provenance: Collected during WWII by a USA Serviceman Stationed on Manus Islands
These four daggers with finely made obsidian blades and the handles are made wood covered by Parinarium Nut (putty nut).
Obsidian is a naturally occurring glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock from rapidly-frozen lava. The Bismarck Archipelago, off the north-east coast of Papua New Guinea, is a rich natural resource of obsidian; in particular, the islands of Lou and Manus in the Admiralties.
Obsidian has been used for projectile points since ancient times. This is due to its lack of crystal structure, which gives the blade edges an almost molecular thinness. Even today, well-crafted obsidian blades are used in medical surgery since their cutting edge is many times sharper and finer than that of even high-quality surgical steel scalpels.