Papua Dagger

Categories: Art and Culture, Papua Island, West papua

 

Dagger knives are generally made from metal strips but in Papua it is made from the bones of cassowary birds which are endemic to Papua. Cassowary cage bones are selected because they are easily shaped and sharpened but still have a strong structure. The handles of traditional Papuan weapons are usually adorned with cassowary feathers or natural fiber.

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