Double Pronged Dagger

Tiwi Islands, Australia

Wood, pigment

19th/early 20th Century

35.5 in/90 cm

Tiwi culture evolved in relative isolation from Australian Aboriginal peoples because of the dangerous waters separating Melville and Bathurst Islands from the mainland. This object is both functional and sacred, with classical Tiwi graphic markings that give "charge" to the piece. It looks like a fish when placed horizontally.