Central Asia, India, Naga people, ca. mid 20th century CE. A unique necklace, composed of thirteen hollow cylindrical "barrels" made of silver sheet. These are studded along a thick cord wrapped tightly with black thread. The necklace is fastened with a dark grey, iridescent shell button. The Naga people are a combination of tribes in northeastern India and northwestern Burma; during the time that this necklace was made, they still led a very traditional lifestyle and engaged in headhunting. During the great ritual occasions in their calendar, men and women dress in ceremonial clothing and ornaments, including a necklace like this one. Length of strand: 29" L (73.7 cm)
Provenance: private Eason Eige collection, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
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