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ID: 700001745
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Record Type: Movable Work
Images: 1
Maripi (shark-tooth knife) (knife; Unknown; undetermined; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Welling...; registration number: ME002493)
Note: 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.
Maripi (shark-tooth knife) (preferred,C,U,RP,undetermined,U,U)
Catalog Level: item
Work Types:
knife [300024668] (preferred)
..... (Objects Facet, Furnishings and Equipment (hierarchy name), Tools and Equipment (hierarchy name), equipment, <equipment by process>, cutting equipment, cutting tools)

tools / implements (preferred)
weapons / armor

Creation Date: undetermined

Creator Display:
Unknown [preferred,VP]
unknown (unknown cultural designation) [500125274]
Current: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand) [500311561] Corporate Bodies (Corp. Body)
Repository Numbers: registration number: ME002493
Credit Line: Gift of Lord St Oswald, 1912
Display Materials: shark teeth, wood, paua shell
Term Not Found
....... (AAT Candidate)
wood (plant material) [300011914]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (substances), <materials by origin>, biological material, plant material, <wood and wood by product>)
abalone shell [300011833]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (substances), <materials by composition>, combination inorganic/organic material, combination inorganic/organic animal material, <shell and shell material>, shell (animal material), seashell)
carving (processes) [300053149]
.......(Activities Facet, Processes and Techniques (hierarchy name), <processes and techniques by specific type>, <subtractive processes and techniques>, <carving and carving techniques>)

Dimensions: verall: 215 (Length) x 53 (Width) mm
General Subject:
utilitarian objects (preferred)

List/Hierarchical Position:
..... Movable Works
Sources and Contributors:
Maripi (shark-tooth knife)........ [VP]
........ Te Papa online (2000-)
........ Te Papa spreadsheet (2012)
Subject: ....... [VP]
....................... Te Papa online (2000-) accessed 16 August 2012
English ..... [VP]
..... Te Papa online (2000-) accessed 16 August 2012
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