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Beaded Necklace
Naga People, India/Burma
20th century

length: 58cm, weight: 185g

This necklace of five strands of marigold-yellow, barrel-shaped tile glass beads is from the Naha people of Eastern India and Western Burma. Most probably it
is from the Konyak tribe.

The ends are of woven cotton leading to a shell fastener.

The Konyak are considered to be the best craftsmen among all the Naga groups; their jewellery being among the most creative and decorative.

|The example here is stable, robust and very wearable.

References:
Barbier, J. P.,
Art of Nagaland: The Barbier-Müller Collection, Geneva, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1984.
Jacobs, J.,
The Nagas: Hill Peoples of Northeast India, Thames & Hudson, 1990.
Saul, J.D.,
The Naga of Burma: Their Festivals, Customs and Way of Life, Orchid Press, 2005.
Sherr Dubin, L.,
The Worldwide History of Beads, Thames & Hudson, 2009.
Shilu, A.,
Naga Tribal Adornment: Signatures of Status and Self, The Bead Museum, Washington, 2003.

Provenance: private collection, London.

Inventory no.: 4318 SOLD

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