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Beaded Necklace

Naga People, India/Burma
19th-early 20th century

length: 58cm, weight: 185g



private collection, London.

This superb necklace of five strands of marigold-yellow, barrel-shaped tile glass beads is from the Naha people of Eastern India and Western Burma. Most probably it is from the Konyak tribe. Wear and age have given the beads a natural encrustation and mottling.

The ends are of woven cotton leading to a shell fastener.

The Konyak are considered to be the best craftsmen among all the Naga groups; their jewellery being among the most creative and decorative.

|The example here is stable, robust and very wearable. It has a fine patina and clear age.


Barbier, J. P., Art of Nagaland: The Barbier-Müller Collection, Geneva, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1984.

Jacobs, J., The Nagas: Hill Peoples of Northeast India, Thames & Hudson, 1990.

Saul, J.D., The Naga of Burma: Their Festivals, Customs and Way of Life, Orchid Press, 2005.

Sherr Dubin, L., The Worldwide History of Beads, Thames & Hudson, 2009.

Shilu, A., Naga Tribal Adornment: Signatures of Status and Self, The Bead Museum, Washington, 2003.

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