Rare Early Pair Of Naga Headhunter Brass Arm Ornaments-bracelets/ Nagaland India
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Rare Early Pair Of Naga Headhunter Brass Arm Ornaments-bracelets/ Nagaland India:
Early Pair of Naga Headhunter Brass Armlets
~ Museum Quality ~
With Custom Display Stand
~ please scroll down for more photos ~ SIZE:
Length of armlet - 5.75" (14.4 (including protruding studs) - 3.75" (9.5 cm)
Base - 12" x 5" x 3" (35 cm x 12.7 cm x 7.6 cm)WEIGHT:
Bracelets - Approx. 19 oz. (solid steel) - 12 lbs. 9 oz. DESCRIPTION:
A pair of very old Naga headhunter brass armlets from Nagaland in northeast India. Rare and of museum quality.
Age uncertain, but very old. Circa 18th - 19th century, possibly earlier.
Lost wax process cast brass bodies, each with eight slightly domed buttons on extended columns on the sides. Decorated with rows of repeating ovular designs with nipples at the centers and engraved raised borders and center strip. The oval designs and the raised buttons may symbolize taken heads. Covering nearly the entire forearm, large ornate arm bracelets such as these would have been worn by generations of high ranking, important and entitled warriors.
Although the age of these examples is uncertain, some arm bracelets or ornaments of this type are said to have originated from Maibong, the 16th century to 18th century of the Kachari Kingdom (called Dimasa Kingdom in medieval times). Made of a brass or bronze alloy, some sources say this these are made from Tibetan bell material.
An armlet, not as complex or finely made as these, is illustrated as a full page plate on page 266, in the book, 'The Nagas, Hill Peoples of Northeast India' by Cambridge University scholar Julian Jacobs (Thames & Hudson, London, 1990). There it is described as an "ancient heirloom arm ornament", 19th century or before.
These are the best examples of the type that I have ever seen anywhere and to find a matching pair still together is extremely rare. AGE:
18th - 19th century or earlier. CONDITION:
Good condition, as shown in the photos and with the following noted:No losses, damage or restoration. Casting marks from the lost wax process visible overall. Extreme and very old wear to the brass - bronze surfaces, overall. Old, multi-layered dark brown and reddish patina overall, with exposed areas still retaining the natural golden brass - bronze color. They have not been polished except during tribal - ethnographic use.
The custom made museum mounting stand is very heavy, with the base being made of solid steel. It weighs 12 lbs. without the bracelets. The stand is in very good condition with slight wear to the edges.
NOTE: Shipping costs are with the stand included and I would recommend having the stand shipped with the bracelets. If the buyer decides not to have the stand, shipping will be less and the extra savings from a lighter package will be refunded. HISTORY:
Headhunting has been a practice among the Naga tribes of India and Myanmar. The practice was common up to the 20th century and may still be practiced in isolated Naga tribes in Burma. Many of the Naga warriors still bear the tattoo markings of a successful headhunt. In Assam, in the northeast of India, all the peoples living south of the Brahmaputra River—Garos, Khasis, Nagas, and Kukis—formerly were headhunters including the Mizo of the Lusei Hills who also hunt heads of their enemies which was later abolished when Christianity was introduced in that region. PLEASE NOTE :
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This piece will be a museum quality addition to any collection of Tribal or Ethnographic Art and will display beautifully in any Mid Century Modern, Eames Era, Modernist, Asian, Indian - Himalayan, or Arts and Crafts decor. PLEASE NOTE :
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