Abelam Culture, Papua New Guinea
Fiber, Boars Tusk, Shell and Pigment
Early/Mid 20th Century
4.5″ W x 16″ H
This piece is an excellent example of an adornment used by Abelam warriors to frighten their enemies. They are held in a warrior’s mouth for courage and to intimidate their adversary. Away from combat, they are appealing and captivating. Each karaut has an individual personality which is surely a reflection of its creator.