Fighting Dagger

A very fine fighting dagger composed of a sting-ray barb set into a carved wood handle decorated with a large ancestor head. The ferule is decorated with glass trade-beads. Admiralty Islands, Bismarck Archipelago, PNG, Melanesia. Wood with putty-nut (parinarium), sting-ray barb and trad-beads. 27,3 x 5,2 x 4,8 cm. 19th century.

Provenance: Ex coll. : Jim Davidson, Melbourne ; Dieter Zenz, Germany. Exhibited : Gal. Meyer circa 1992.