Knife

Description
Warfare was frequent within this group of 33 coral atolls, 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.
E1796
Collection Class
Arms and armour
Common Name
knife
Simple Name
weapon
Full Name
shark tooth knife
Dimensions
whole length 470 mm; whole width 33 mm
Production County
Gilbert Islands
Production Country
Kiribati
Production Area Region
Micronesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
palmwood; vegetable fibre; fibre; palmwood; shark teeth fibre leaves
Collection Area Region
MICRO
Collection Continent
Pacific

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