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Early 19 th Century
Size : 46 cm long , and 37 cm long – 18 ins long and 14½ ins long
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 .
|Height||46.00 cm||(18.11 inches)|