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Kara’wut Boar's tusk, shell ornament Papua New Guinea

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Artifacts: Pre 1950: item # 1013538

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Kara’wut Boar's tusk, shell ornament Papua New Guinea
From the Abelam tribe of Sepik River Papua, New Guinea, this traditional Kara'wut (also spelled kara ut,karaout and karahut)is made from woven plant fiber and decorated with boar tusks and nasa shells. Usually worn around the neck by the men only, on the chest or back, when facing battle the kara'ut would be clenched in the teeth, dangling from the mouth to impress the enemy with one's fierceness. For the collectors of tribal arts and ethnographic items this would quickly become a prized possession.

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