Object: Maripi (shark-tooth knife)
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|Title||Maripi (shark-tooth knife)|
Unknown (carver), New Zealand
|Medium summary||shark teeth, wood, paua shell|
|Materials||wood, paua shell, tooth|
x 53mm (Width)
|Credit line||Gift of Lord St Oswald, 1912|
This elaborately carved maripi (shark-tooth knife) is beautifully preserved and remains a fierce looking tool. Maripi were cutting tools made from wood and sharks’ teeth lashed into place by flax fibre. They were used to cut flesh, such as whale or shark, and for other utilitarian tasks. There are, however, some accounts that they were also used in battle.
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- MÄripi (shark-tooth knife) - Ministry for Culture and Heritage
- Maripi - Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
- Maripi or shark-tooth knife. An implement used in cutting up human bodies, dogs etc. but not as a weapon - New Zealand Electronic Text Collection
- Post Office Savings Bank (N.Z.) :The art of Maori fishing. With the compliments of Post Office Savings Bank. [Calendar 1959?]. Printed by C.M. Banks Ltd [1958?] - Alexander Turnbull Library
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