Object Type: Mouth Adornment

Locality: Abelam People Sepik Papua New Guinea

Artist: Unknown

Circa: 1940

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 1950’s

Price: SOLD


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