This is a fabulous Old Woven Fiber Karahut with Boars Teeth and Nassa Shells from the Abelam Tribal People, Wosera Village, Papua New Guinea. These "karahuts" are woven from hibiscus bark twine and sennit fibre, decorated with boar's tusks, small Nasa shells with applied ochre and charcoal paints. Karahuts are used in a number of ceremonies, during dancing they are held between the teeth using a string coming out from the back about the level of the eyes. When not being used they are hung around the neck and lie in the middle of the man's back or worn around the neck as a pectoral adornment at sing sing's.
The figure looks as if it has horns and that is a misconception. Wild pigs are very aggressive and the wearer of the kara-ut believes that when the horns are spouting from his mouth he can adopt its power when fighting.
The name of this art form, Kara means Pig or Boar and Ut means net bag, which has a significant spiritual context. Contained within the body of the figure is a bundle of magical leaves & herbs that aid the wearer. This would a wonderful addition to your collection or home. Mid-20th century COMES ON A STAND Shows age, discoloration, loss of some shells and fraying, but is in overall good condition. 12 1/2" tall 6" wide 4 Boars Tusk length AT BACARA WE STAND BEHIND ALL OF OUR MERCHANDISE.YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR MAIN GOAL, AND WE THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AT THE WORLD OF BACARA. The item "Papua New Guinea Karahut Abelam Tusk Nassa Shell Chest Ornament" is in sale since Saturday, March 30, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Pacific Islands & Oceania".
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