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NAGA HEADHUNTER CEREMONIAL HIP ORNAMENT DAVID HOWARD TRIBAL ART


NAGA: HEADHUNTER WARRIOR'S
CEREMONIAL HIP ORNAMENT;
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AUTHENTIC ANTIQUE 19TH CENTURY SOUTHEAST ASIAN NAGA WARRIOR'S HIP ORNAMENT; 1880’S AUTHENTIC ANTIQUE 19TH CENTURY SOUTHEAST ASIAN NAGA WARRIOR'S CEREMONIAL RITUAL HIP ORNAMENT CIRCA 1880’S. DECORATED IN RED AND BLACK HAIR, HAND CARVED WOOD, WITH RATTAN AND FIBER HAND WEAVING. THIS UNUSUAL ANTIQUE MEASURES 14 INCHES LONG X 6 INCHES WIDE X 7 INCHES DEEP. IT HAS A DEEP DARK RICH PATINA. BEAUTIFUL HAND CRAFTED 19TH CENTURY WORKMANSHIP THROUGHOUT. IT HAS A COLLECTION CATALOGUE NUMBER ON IT THAT READS: “1208A.” THIS IS A RARE AND UNUSUAL PIECE; IN NEAR PERFECT EXCELLENT ANTIQUE CONDITION OTHER THAN A HAIR LINE CRACK IN THE CARVED WOOD!


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Europeans were struck by the Naga practice of headhunting. The taking of a head is a
symbol of courage.
Naga headhunting includes mortification of the rival, ritual violence, cosmological balance, the display of manhood, cannibalism, prestige, and as a means of securing the services of the victim as a slave in the afterlife.
The Naga tribes practice headhunting and preserved the heads of enemies as trophies! The Naga hills have been an area of continued resistance as they had long been isolated from outside cultures. The development of a spirit of nationalism and sense of a common identity are relatively new concepts among the Naga people. According to their traditions, each village is an independent republic; initially, they wanted to be free from all outside domination. The Naga make all the goods they use, as was once common in many traditional societies: they make their own cloth, their own hats and rain-coats; they prepare their own medicines, their own cooking vessels, their own substitutes for crockery. Craft work includes the making of baskets, weaving of cloth, wood carving, pottery, metalwork, jewelry and bead-work.

The Naga people are a conglomeration of several tribes inhabiting the North Eastern part of India and north-western Burma. The tribes have similar cultures and traditions, and form the majority ethnic group in the Indian state of Nagaland, with significant presence in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and some small population in Assam.

The Naga speak various distinct Tibeto-Burman languages, including Sumi, Lotha, Sangtam, Angami, Pochuri, Ao, Mao (Emela), Inpui, Rongmei (Ruangmei), Poumai, Tangkhul, Thangal, Maram, and Zeme. In addition, they have developed Nagamese Creole, which they use between tribes and villages, which each have their own dialect of language.

As of 2012, the state of Nagaland officially recognises 17 Naga tribes. In addition, some other Naga tribes occupy territory in the contiguous adjoining states of Manipur, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh, India; and across the border in Burma. Prominent Naga tribes include the Poumai, Sumi, Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Khiamniungan, Konyak, Liangmai, Lotha, Pochury, Rongmei, Tangkhul, Thangal, Zeme, Mao.

The Nagas are organized by tribes differentiated by language and some traditions. They have a strong warrior tradition. Their villages are sited on hilltops and until the later part of the 19th century, they made frequent armed raids to villages on the plains below. The tribes exhibit variation to a certain degree, particularly in their languages and some traditional practices.

Similarities in their culture distinguish them from the neighbouring occupants of the region, who are of other ethnicities. Almost all these Naga tribes have a similar dress code, eating habits, customs, traditional laws, etc. One distinction was their ritual practice of headhunting, once prevalent among tribal warriors in Nagaland and among the Naga tribes in Myanmar. They used to take the heads of enemies to take on their power. They no longer practice this ritual. Today the Naga people number around 2 million in total.

The men's clothing is distinctive: conical red headgear is decorated with wild-boar canine teeth and white-black hornbill feathers. Their weapons are primarily a spear, with the shaft decorated with red-black hairs, and the dao, with broad blade and long handle.

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