These bone daggers are made of the leg bone of a cassowary bird. The daggers were used in close combats. They were worn with the help of a bracelet on the upper arm or in a belt around the waist. The dagger is considered an important object with supernatural power and is used at initiations and other important rituals. The daggers with blunt edges were probably only used in rituals.
In the beginning of the twentieth century Mathias Lemaire and Carel van Lier both started their gallery in Amsterdam. Lemaire specialized in his gallery in the Leidsestraat in tribal art and Van Lier combined contemporary and tribal art in his gallery at the Rokin. They were pioneers in promoting tribal art. Now their granddaughters Babet van Lier en Finette Lemaire have joined together in their love of art. Babet runs the beautiful and unique Schelpenmuseum Amsterdam (shell museum Amsterdam) and Finette Lemaire has continued the gallery her grandfather started.
With shells from Babet’s Shells museum and ethnographic objects from the gallery of Finette they have created some surprising combinations.
Please have a look and enjoy.
If you are interested in an object contact Babet van Lier for the shells and Finette Lemaire for the ethnographic art.
Babet van Lier
Czaar Peterstraat 249
1018 PL Amsterdam
Tel. +31 (0)20 2384123
M: +31 (0)6 26292271
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