Big rostrum of sculptured swordfish

Rostrum of swordfish carved with octopus

Swordfish (from the Latin Gladius) owes its name to the appearance of its rostrum (or beak), similar to a blade of sword, and its ability to cleave water with ease and speed.

Swordfish Rostra are traditionally used in the manufacture of weapons in New Guinea, for example.

This one is superbly carved in depth. The motifs appear in relief.

A motif of octopus, dolphin and fish.

The rostrum is bent forward. There are also small holes on the edges that were used to fix the rostrum on a table to sculpt it.

Material: Bone Provenance: Indonesia

Dimensions with base: H 76.5 height. At the base the rostrum is 9.5 cm wide.

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