Two Rare Gilbert Islands Wood and Shark Tooth Daggers
Two Rare Gilbert Islands Wood and Shark Tooth Daggers

Two Rare Gilbert Islands Wood and Shark Tooth Daggers

1800 to 1900 Gilbert Islands

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Two Rare Gilbert Islands Wood and Shark Tooth Daggers
Early 19 th Century

Size : 46 cm long , and 37 cm long – 18 ins long and 14½ ins long

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Provenance : Sold at auction by the descendants of a former Governor of New Zealand

The Gilbert Islands lie in the western Pacific and are geographically part of Micronesia . The Islands have been under continuous British rule since the 18 th century .
Before European interference and the onslaught of introduced diseases Micronesia was heavily populated and fighting was common . On the Gilbert Island combat was so frequent , elaborate offensive and defensive equipment was extensively manufactured .
Sharks teeth were a useful substitute for the flakiness of stone , and coconut fibre cordage , both twisted and plaited was expertly made and used in great numbers on weapons each individually pierced and sewn into grooves along the sides of daggers and spears . To counteract the lacerating effect of these weapons , thick plaited coir armour was developed in the Gilbert's composed of a rigid cuirass with high collar and separate trouser and sleeve sections . A spiky fish skin helmet completed the outfit .
Dimensions
Height 46.00 cm (18.11 inches)
Medium
Wood and Shark Tooth and Fibre
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