Object Type: Mouth Adornment
Locality: Abelam People Sepik Papua New Guinea
Height: 55 cm
Description: This is a superb tightly made Abelam boar tusk mouth adornment known as a Karahut. It has vibrant natural pigments, old copper wire eyes and unlike almost all the others I have seen for sale the feather attachments are still intact.
The body is filled with magical herbs to assist a warrior during times of tribal feuding. The Karahut would have been held in the warrior’s teeth by the tab at the top of the head during battle to terrify the enemy or hung around the neck during ceremonial dances.
It was collected by an Australian Agricultural officer in the