Abelam Karaut Boar’s Tusk Pectoral-Art of Adornment-Oceanic Art
Traditionally Abelam karaut boar’s tusk ornaments were held gripped in the teeth during battle and were the prerogative of men who have killed other men in battle. They were also worn around the neck and hanging from the shoulders on the back during rituals and ceremonies. These were also used to adorn a ritually-grown long yam as it was decorated as an ancestral spirit to honor that spirit in producing the yam. This is a fine older example field collected by Lynda Cunningham in the 1960s or early 1970s. It is of the earlier style of just two prominent tusks on top and string dangles with single cowry shells at the bottom. This is a beautiful old example, 12” (30.4 cm) in height.