This is a museum quality piece, with similar specimen in the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale.
Ceremonial dagger made with a cassowary bone. The top of the dagger is decorated with a face crafted with terracotta painted in many colors black, gray, red. A wreath of hair is around the top of the face.
This dagger is made out of a section of the large leg bone from a cassowary, a large flightless bird that lives in New Guinea. The dagger tapers to a point at one end. The top has been overmodelled with clay and embellished with cowrie shells, paint, hair, fiber and feathers.
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