Dagger

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Registration number
8325
Item name
Dagger 
Category
Chopping/Cutting
Fighting
 
Indigenous name
ndut 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
Western Dani 
Place
Pacific > Indonesia > Papua Province > Jayawijaya
Map
Collector
Mr Anton Ploeg  
Acquisition date
January 01, 1962 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mr Anton Ploeg  
Raw material
Cassowary bone
Dimensions
H: W: 35 mm L: 260 mm D: 35 mm Circum:

Description

The dagger carved from the young cassowary bone with a pointed end.

Research notes

Carried in arm band above elbow by men only.

'Don't know when the artifacts were collected, but an article 'Acculturation movements amongst the Western Dani' by Ploeg & O'Brian in American Anthropologist Vol. 66 No. 4 p. 281, 1964 describes his research amongst the Dani of the Wagulum political community near Bokondini in the Central Highlands Western N.G. between 1960 & 1962 (on a research scholarship from A.N.U.). The artifacts donated are presumably from the Dani of this area.' [Source card].

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