NAGA SHELL PAIR EAR ORNAMENTS

Harry L Neufeld

Chang Naga - rare, closely matched pair of South Indian Ocean chank shells worn by a warrior or rich man, with tattooing figuratively symbolizing a pair of the semi-domesticated, indigenous ox-like mithun horns, usually associated with a feastgiver to the village, an important man of wealth - a bamboo or horn pick tied to the back would go through a pierced ear into an accompanying bamboo tube, also tied onto the back of the shell, which would then be suspended over the ear by the string - on base

$600.00

Artwork details

Origin

late 19th century

Dimension

H 2.75IN x W 2.25IN

H 6.985CM x W 5.715CM

Provenance

Collected in Nagaland

Condition

Excellent

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