- New Guinea Ethnographic Art
- Kara Ut, Abelam People, Papua New Ginea
Kara Ut, Abelam People, Papua New Ginea
Often referred to as a mouth mask as a result of the historical practice of holding the piece in the teeth of a warrior as he rushes into battle. Today worn around the neck during dances that originated with the preparation for battle and now community entertainment.
Woven from plant fiber and adorned with cowrie and shell fragments and accented with boars tusk.
Accompanied by a custom metal display stand