This is a very unique Dagger all Carved Wood painted pigments and Cowrie Shell Eyes from the Iatmul Tribe of Papua New Guinea. In the case of Payback dagger the account is usually settled with the killing of an animal or bird. The Ceremonial Wood Dagger was never used as a weapon. These daggers are used to control debates that are in the Spirit Houses and sometimes in dances. The legend has it that depending on who you ask the dagger either moves through the ground or turns to face the man with the "strongest talk" and this man has his say until the dagger chooses someone else.As in the Spirit House, quite often, there is a background level of discussion, and the power coming from this object gives the speaker the confidence to talk above everyone else, another words It establishes some order with the tribal discussion. This is one of a kind Dagger would make a lovely addition to your collection. Mid-20th century COMES ON A STAND Shows age, discoloration, but overall it is in good condition. 17 3/4 Inches Tall on Stand 16.5 Inches Tall 3.5 Inches x 4 Inches Wide Face 2 1/4 Inches Deep AT BACARA WE STAND BEHIND ALL OF OUR MERCHANDISE. YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR MAIN GOAL, AND WE THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AT BACARA. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Pacific Islands & Oceania". The seller is "bacara-online" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.