Shark Tooth Sword
MICRONESIA, GILBERT ISLAND
Carved wood, shark teeth, fiber, stingray skin
Finely carved implement with strengthening medial ridge considered to be an earlier example. The handle retains its original ring hilt which appears to be made from ray skin. The shark's teeth are bound and secured with woven sennit and human hair through drilled holes along both sides. This implement was assuredly used as evidenced by a number of broken and missing shark's teeth. Beautiful patination to the surface, old label visible to one side.
59.5 X 6cm ; 23.4 X 2.4in
PROVENANCE: Mr. Potter's Museum of Curiosities, UK inventory number (703).
Cf. Memoirs of the Polynesian Society Vol.15,The Oldman Collection of Polynesian Artifacts, 1943, pl.128, figs.645A-645C (illus).