This is a very unique Carved Wood Pay Back Dagger from the Iatmul Tribe of Papua New Guinea. In the case of Payback dagger the account is usually settled with the killing of an animal or bird. The Ceremonial Wood Dagger was never used as a weapon. These daggers are used to control debates that are in the Spirit Houses and sometimes in dances. As in the Spirit House, quite often, there is a background level of discussion, and the power coming from this object gives the speaker the confidence to talk above everyone else, another words It establishes some order with the tribal discussion. This is one of a kind Dagger would make a lovely addition to your collection.
Shows age and Natural Wear
13 3/4 Inches Tall
2.5 Inch Wide
2 Inches Deep
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