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 it’s creator.