Abelam Culture, Papua New Guinea

Fiber, Boars Tusk, Shell and Pigment

Early/Mid 20th Century

14.5"h x 5"w 


Beautifully woven and still with vibrant pigments, this karaut 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.  Although, if someone was running at me with it in his mouth, I still might turn and run.