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    Rare Naga Brass Necklace

    Naga or Chin People, India/Burma
    19th century

    circumference or full length: approximately 70cm, weight: 341g

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    Provenance

    private European collection

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    This very rare type of Naga necklace comprises dozens of small solid-cast brass beads in bell and trumpet form.  Of good weight and a single strand, probably it was intended for a Naga male warrior. The brass beads are threaded onto the original native twine. It is likely that the type was also worn by the nearby Chin ethnic group. (It does have a resemblance too to a type of necklace worn in east Africa.)

    The form of the cast beads suggest Naga work. The necklace was also previously in a good, European collection of Naga items.

    The necklace has excellent wear and ‘softness’ from age and use.

    No such necklace appears to have been published previously. It is rare and very pleasing in terms of its quality and form.

    References

    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.

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