NAGA SHELL DOUBLE HUMAN FIGURE EAR ORNAMENT

Harry L Neufeld

South Indian Ocean chank shell worn by a warrior, with tattooing figuratively symbolizing two human figures, the victims of headhunting exploits by the wearer - bamboo or horn pick tied to the back would go through a pierced ear into an accompanying bamboo tube, tied to the back, and would suspend by string over the ear - fine, artistic figures, with tattooed perimeter worn away from wear - on base

$375.00

Artwork details

Origin

circa late 19th - early 20th century

Dimension

H 2.5IN x W 2.15IN

H 6.35CM x W 5.461CM

Provenance

Collected in Nagaland

Condition

Very good

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