Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • machete, late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • metal, wood, bamboo, weaving
  • Object Length/Width: 57.5 x 5.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 22 5/8 x 2 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4059

The knife has a large blade with one cutting edge. The wooden handle is mostly covered with a simple weave of thin bamboo strips.