Posted 5 years ago
Asmat cassowary bone dagger from Papua (Irian Jaya). The hood is twined bark string. The tassels are made of cassowary feathers, seed and bone.
Though youâ€™ve probably never heard of it, the cassowary is one very real bird thatâ€™s hard to miss. Standing between 5 and 7 feet tall (dwarfed only by the ostrich and emu), the Southern Cassowary is a flightless bird belonging to the order Palaeognathae (ratites). It inhabits the tropical rain forests of Australia, New Guinea and the Aru Islands where it patrols the rain forest floor in search of fallen fruits, insects, small reptiles and the occasional rodents.
I have seen cassowary in the wild they are a very dangerous bird,with their deadly sharp claws and horn on the top of the head,which I have a necklace made of cassowary horn from the head.