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Ivory Bracelet (Akahaghi)
Naga People, India & Burma
19th century

width: 4.2cm, outside widest diameter: 9.8cm, inside widest diameter: 6.8cm, weight: 271g

Bracelets (or more accurately, armlets) such as this example were worn by Naga men, usually above the elbow. It is fashioned from an ivory tusk
cross-section.Traditionally, such armlets were worn to indicate success in head-taking. They were the most highly valued of Naga ornaments; only warriors
were entitled to wear them (Untracht, 1997, p. 60)

The example here has a flat interior surace but the outer sides are gently concave. The armlet overall has a wonderful golden patina. It is in perfect condition.

See Jacobs (1990, p. 268-9), Untracht (1997, p. 60), and Shilu (2003, p. 25) for similar examples.

References:
Borel, F.,
The Splendour of Ethnic Jewelry: From the Colette and Jean-Pierre Ghysels Collection, Thames & Hudson, 1994.
Jacobs, J.,
The Nagas: Hill Peoples of Northeast India, Thames & Hudson, 1990.
Shilu, A.,
Naga Tribal Adornment: Signatures of Status and Self, The Bead Museum, Washington, 2003.
Untracht, O.,
Traditional Jewelry of India, Thames & Hudson, 1997.

Provenance: private collection, UK

Inventory no.: 2371

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