late 1800s-early 1900s
Steel. leather, cord, and horn inlaid with abalone shell
Overall: 2.5 x 6 cm (1 x 2 3/8 in.); Blade: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)
Gift of J. H. Wade 1916.719
After Europeans introduced firearms, the native dagger gradually transformed from a weapon into a status symbol worn in a sheath that hung around the neck. That is probably the case with these daggers which have elaborately carved hilts. One depicts a grotesque head surmounted by a fish, perhaps a salmon, and the other shows a bear's head over a supine human.
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