~ Detail Photos ~

A very good example of Naga bead work in the form of an old necklace from the Rengma Naga. The Naga are a diverse tribal group whose homeland is the old North East frontier area of India and Western Burma. This old necklace has cornelian and glass beads, the long shell beads the Naga ingeniously extract from the core of the chank shells, as well as highly desirable chank shell clasps. The whole piece is in good condition with expected minor loss in the form of chips and cracks to only a very few of the old beads. Serious Naga collectors will find this an appealing offer.

The Naga were avid head hunters and are something of a cultural anomaly in an area surrounded by Vajrayana Buddhism to the North and West, Hinduism to the south and Theravadin Buddhism in the East. A fascinating people with very distinctive beliefs and material culture.


ITEM NAME:   Rengma Naga Bead Necklace
PRICE:   Email 
PEOPLE/REGION:   Naga - North east India


Glass beads, carnelian, shell, bone and  jute


Circa 1st half 20th C.


Approx 36" long
shell clasps about 2-1/2" wide

Please note the item number and kindly e-mail your inquiries.


Visa, American Express, Master Cards and Discover are accepted.


 Previous | Main | Next

Other Sectionsó>  Adornment | Carpets | Furniture | Housewares | Masks | Ritual Items