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Sword

2006.44.3610 (RS160645)

Description

Wooden sword edged with shark teeth from the Gilbert Islands of Kiribati. The Gilbert Islands are known for making a wide range of shark-toothed weapons for use in ritual combat. This sword would have been used to stab and cut during hand-to-hand combat.

Details

Maker
unknown
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
tooth
wood (plant material)
Object type
Armament -- Edged
Descriptive terms
Sword
swords
tooth
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
2 3/4 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3610
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
269744
Reference Notes
www.oceaniaart.com/prodict.aspx?pid=Gilbert-Islands-Sword

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