Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Dagger (Ndam Pisuwe)

early to mid-20th century
Indonesia, Papua Province (Irian Jaya)
Asmat people
Bone, cassowary feathers, seeds, fiber
H. 13 1/4 x W. 2 1/8 in. (33.7 x 5.4 cm)
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Accession Number:
Not on view
Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen, Amsterdam, Holland, until 1961; Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York, 1961, on permanent loan to The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1961–1978

Zegwaard, Gerardus A. "Headhunting Practices of the Asmat of Netherlands New Guinea." American Anthropologist vol. 61 (December 1959).

Schneebaum, Tobias. Embodied Spirits: Ritual Carvings of the Asmat. Salem, Mass.: Peabody Museum of Salem, 1990.

Kjellgren, Eric. Oceania: Art of the Pacific Islands in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007, 4, 32.

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