Bone Dagger, Kopar village, Early / mid-20th Century

Early – mid-20th Century
cassowary leg bone
40 x 5 cm

This dagger is from Kopar village, the first village at the mouth of the Sepik River. It is unusual and quite different to any other Sepik bone daggers, whaving rhythmic circular bands forming a dominant part of the shaft’s design. A cockatoo head carved into the knuckle, becomes the handle of the dagger.

An ancestral face is engraved below the circular bands. This unusual design was first conceived 4-5 generations ago by one artist in Kopar village; only his clan and family is allowed to use this design. This dagger is probably 2 generations old.


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