Sword

Description
Warfare was frequent within this group of 33 coral atolls, swords (called toanea) were used to settle disputes over land ownership and titles. Current analysis of historic examples is determining the age of the weapon as well as the loss of shark species. Commonly used species (Spot-tail and Dusky sharks) are now no longer found in these waters.
Accession Loan No.
46/1960
Collection Class
Arms and armour
Common Name
sword
Simple Name
sword
Full Name
shark-toothed sword
Dimensions
whole length 718 mm; whole width 290 mm
Production Year High
1960
Production County
Gilbert Islands
Production Country
Kiribati
Production Area Region
Micronesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
wood (coconut); fibre cord (coconut); skin (ray); shark teeth
Function Name
weapon
Collection Area Region
MICRO
Collection Continent
Pacific

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