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Konyak Naga Hip Ornament, Nagaland India or Burma


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Collection No. T-4146
Size Height: 59 cm
Konyak Naga Hip Ornament, Nagaland India or Burma
Konyak Naga Hip Ornament, Nagaland India or Burma
Konyak Naga Hip Ornament, Nagaland India or Burma
Konyak Naga Hip Ornament, Nagaland India or Burma

This fine old & well used Hip Ornament was worm by men during ceremonial occasions,  like a pouch that is worn on the hip ( see one in the drawing above on the left hip of the warrior)  Made from wood and fibre and decorated with human hair , coming out of the top of the ornament are two carved wood heads and shoulders that represent headhunting trophies.

Most ornaments were not freely available for anyone to wear, but were restricted to particular groups. The number and types of armlets and anklets worn depended on the right, either inherited or earned, to wear them. The number of feathers in a man’s headdress or the pattern of his shell necklace, for example, might indicate his participation in expeditions of raiding an enemy village. These hip ornaments are connected with headhunting

Provenance:  Early 20th Century, Ex Arthur Seannard Vernay (1877-1960) a New York Antique Dealer who Collected for the Museum of Natural History in India circa 1920s and it assumed that this ornament is collected at that date. Ex Chris and Anna Thorpe Collection Sydney.  On a fine custom made stand.

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