Old Published Elegant New Guinea Abelam Karaut Pectoral Ornament w/ Orange Pigment
Ancient & Elegant New Guinea Abelam Karaut Figure w/ Orange Pigment. Published
Origin: New Guinea E. Sepik Province, Prince Alexander Mountains, Abelam People (Provenance: Ex. Michael Hamson, Published in his Abelam Catalog. Ex. Larry Stone Collection Oakland. Ex. Michael Sobczyk Collection Chicago.)
Period/Date: Early 20th C. or before
Materials: plaited fiber, boars tusks, earth pigments, Nasa Shell
Description: This superb Karaut (Karahut) is the oldest and best example we've seen. It has a phenomminal presence in person. Its powerful face has deep sunken haunting eyes. The split Boars tusks are slender and elegant having a beautiful rich patina from long contact with the body. The orange pigments are bold, layered and striking. The knotting and weaving on this one is so fine and tight, especially on the back side, which is a hallmark of age and quality. It would have been an important adornment for a male. It was worn on the chest and back of the neck during warfare and held in the teeth by a string during ceremonies. It is published in Michael Hamson's Abelam catalog, figure 143. Purchased for $3000 in 2015.
Dimensions: Height 11” (28 cm), width 6” (15 cm)