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dagger with sheath
  • Ifugao or Negrito peoples
  • dagger with sheath, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Philippines
  • bamboo, metal, wood, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Diameter: a 38 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: a 14 15/16 x 1 3/8 in
    Object Length/Diameter: b 39.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: b 15 1/2 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of the Olga E. and Lt. Colonel Raymond H. Hollis family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3503.a,b

The knife has a short wooden handle (2007.3502.a) with a bamboo sheath (2007.3503.b).

The knife has a very elaborate blade. It is flattened in two different directions, dividing the blade into roughly quarters of the length. The cutting edges are notched on both sides of the proximal segment, one side of the second segment with a barb on the opposite side, one side of the third segment with a barb on the opposite side. The distal segment is pointed with two small barbs at the base. The wooden handle is short and cylindrical.

The sheath is a length of bamboo, divided into bands of decoration: zigzags alternate with bands of triangles filled with parallel lines.