May River Bone Dagger

Upper Sepik

Papua New Guinea 

Circa 1900

This is a rare type of cassowary bone dagger from the upper Sepik papuans of the May river. Both the construction of the dagger and its design are typical from the area.  The condyle is carved in a fashion only found amongst May river people, as well as the "pannels" on the front blade. Both features, together with a solid full bone handle, aim at an efficient stabbing weapon.

The design on the front pannel is also classical from the May River and is also depicted on shields and ceremonial houses from this very remote area. The incised design is "wild" and seems to have been made with a primitive tool. It is

The piece comes from a Singapore private collection and sits on a custom base by Romain Laforêt.


H:  36 cm (14 1/4 inches)

Price: 1300 euros enquiry