Dagger, Admiralty Islands
Manus Province, Admiralty Islands, Papua New Guinea, 1800-1900
Wood, obsidian, natural pigments
Length : 28 cm
Provenance : Private collection, Australia
This ceremonial dagger is the most remarkable example I have seen from this region of Melanesia. The head is particularly powerful, large and finely detailed with typical Admiralty Islands’ ornamental motifs, enhanced with lime pigments. The handle has the shape of a stylized crocodile and the blade is made of a chunk of obsidian, intact.