Collection Online
bone, pigment, shell, fibre
35.9 × 9.1 × 6.9 cm
Place/s of Execution
Washkuk Hills, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Todd Barlin, 2009
© the artists
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Bone daggers vary substantially in quality and form, the ritual bone dagger is decorated with carved motifs and anthropomorphic figures. At the high end of the dagger are two shells embedded on either side representing eyes creating a bird-like face. A stand of fibre tassel hung in the centre of the high end completes the decoration.