Knife

Description
Obsidian blade technology on this island group is over 4,000 years old. Obsidian sources were originally located on the islands of Poam, Mouk and Lou and was traded along the coast and the island interior. In response to the first Europeans coming ashore by the late 19th century new markets developed. Daggers and spears that were normally made in abundance for the domestic market were instead being produced for trade as early as 1860 until the 1980s.
Accession Loan No.
29/1948/11
Collection Class
Arms and armour
Common Name
knife
Simple Name
knife
Full Name
obsidian knife
Dimensions
whole length 227 mm; whole W 46 mm
Production Year High
1948
Production County
Admiralty Islands
Production Country
Papua New Guinea
Production Area Region
Melanesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
obsidian; wood; gum
Function Name
tool weapon
Collection Area Region
MELAN
Collection Continent
Pacific

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