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Chest ornament

  • chest ornament
  • India (Land); Naga, Ao-Naga (ethnic group); Nagaland (region)
  • Claudia Obrocki
  • 2nd half of 19th century

This chest ornament was reserved for high-ranking men. According to the collection’s documentation, the rows of cowrie shells symbolise the teeth of the enemy. Every Ao-Naga settlement has its own village council. Today, each Naga village also elects a mayor whose office is part of the Indian administrative system.

Detailed information

Object type
chest ornament
Contributors
Claudia Obrocki
Date of Origin
2nd half of 19th century
Exhibition Format
Original
Material
wood; woven plant fibres; dyed goat hair; cowrie shells; orchid stems
Technique
wood; woven plant fibres; dyed goat hair; cowrie shells; orchid stems
Dimensions
23 x 54 x 3 cm H x B x T
Weight
< 2 kg
Places / Cultures
India (Land); Naga, Ao-Naga (ethnic group); Nagaland (region)
Collection
EM South and Southeast Asia
Exhibition / Module
A07 (WAF 55) Naga Land - Voices from Northeast India / A07 (WAF 55) 02 Headhunting
Managing Institution
Ethnologisches Museum - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Credits
Ethnologisches Museum - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Identifier
I C 28461
Acquisition Context / Provenance
The Ethnologisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin or the Königliches Museum für Völkerkunde (a predecessor institution), acquired the object in 1896 by donation from the Samuel E. Peal collection.
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