Abelam Culture, Papua New Guinea 

Fiber, Boars Tusk, Shell and Pigment 

Early/Mid 20th Century 

14.5" h x 5" w

Each karaut has a character of it’s own.  Even though they are used to scare enemies, we find karauts to be charismatic and beguiling. This piece is a fine example of an adornment used by Abelam warriors to frighten their enemies.  Originally, karaut were held in a warrior’s mouth for courage and to intimidate their foe.  Outside of the Papuan bush this fellow is more regal than fierce.