Pisuwe is a dagger from New Guinea Island. Ndam pisuwe[1] or Ndam emak pisuwe are those that are made with human femur bone and Pi pisuwe are for those that are made with Cassowary bone.[2] Prior to the colonization of the Dutch in the 1950s, these daggers are carried by the Asmat people[1] and they are used only in ritual killings.[2] These daggers are usually embellished with Cassowary feathers at the pommel and decorated with carved in artworks depicting humans and animals.[1] Papuan men would wear this dagger as part of their traditional attire during customary ceremonies by girding it on the side of their waist.[3]

Place of originNew Guinea:
 Papua New Guinea
 Indonesia (West Papua (province) and Papua (province))
Service history
Used byPapuan people (notably Asmat people)
Length13.25 inches

Blade typeSpike
Hilt typeHuman femur or Cassowary bone


  1. Eric Kjellgren (2007). Oceania: Art of the Pacific Islands in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 32. ISBN 15-883-9238-4.
  2. Tobias Schneebaum (1985). Asmat Images from the Collection of the Asmat Museum of Culture and Progress: Text, Photographs, and Drawings. The Museum. p. 197. ISBN 09-187-2859-2.
  3. Muhammad Husni & Tiarma Rita Siregar (2000). Perhiasan Tradisional Indonesia. Direktorat Jenderal Kebudayaan. p. 40. OCLC 47893714.
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