Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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yapa (knife)
  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • yapa (knife), late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • bamboo
  • Object Length/Width: 30 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 11 3/4 x 1 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3984

The length of bamboo is slightly curved from side to side. One end is cut diagonally, the other is cut to a point.

It was used for slicing rather than jabbing, for a variety of purposes, like cutting meat or grass. It was sharpened by peeling the edge.