18TH-19TH C. KIRIBATI SHARK TOOTH SWORD
Origin: Micronesia, Gilbert Island (Kiribati) (Provenance: 19th century Irish collection. Ex. Reverend William Gore Booth, County Sligo Ireland, Lisadell House)
Period/Date: First Quarter of the 19th century, possibly older
Materials: Dense Palm wood, shark teeth, coconut "sennit" fiber binding.
Description: Shark tooth weapons of this type and age are very desirable. The carved wood shaft has a raised mid-rib and the edges are pierced so that each tooth is hand drilled and secured with sennit binding. These were very labor intensive to make and were cherished with the teeth being repaired/ replaced as needed. I counted 94 shark teeth total. It was obviously used in combat since a handful of the teeth are chipped or missing, but considering its age its condition is terrific. It has acquired a dry varied patina with highpoints on the handgrip and the raised mid-rib. A very fine specimen sure to be a welcome addition to any collection. Presented on a custom metal display stand.
Dimensions: Length 32" (81.5 cm), Width 2.75" (7 cm)
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