|Shark tooth dagger
|Kiribati (Gilbert Islands)
|Date of Manufacture
|mid to late 1800s
|Wood; Oceanic white tip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) teeth; Plant fiber cordage; Human hair cordage
|Sickle-shaped dagger with wooden shaft lined along both edges with single row of shark teeth, each tooth fitted into a groove along the shaft’s edge and individually fastened with cordage made from plant fiber and human hair; Distal end of blade tapers to point; Proximal end of blade extends to form hand-grip which is carved and worn smooth.
|Width = 11.5, Thickness = 1.8, Length = 36.2