KARAHUT ABELAM

 

  • Karahut, mouthpiece
  • Abelam, Maprik Ditrict, East-Sepik
  • Tusk, shell, natural fiber, cotton, button
  • Length: 33 cm, width: 14 cm
  • Collected in 1964
  • Ex-collection M. van Lier

 

Warriors once held the karahut in their mouth to frighten their enemies.The ornament embodies ancestral spirits.

 

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