A fabulous trumpet ended bangle bracelet made in Manipur, a state in north-eastern India, bounded by the Indian states of Nagaland, Mizoram, and Assam. Early mid 20th century. There is a similar pair in the British Museum collection, with similar faceting and dot patterning.
It is a heavy and sturdy piece at 179 grams. Inner diameter is 6cms. It is a collectors item and as well a great wearable piece.
The Naga tribes wore copious amounts of brass and beaded jewellery. The Konyak warrior tribe is one of the many Naga tribes. But what sets them apart from the rest of the tribes of this northeastern Indian state is their fierce headhunting history, which was part of their strong warrior tradition. Territorial conflicts between rival tribes and villages were resolved through warfare and Konyaks were feared for their headhunting skills.
By the 1960s many of the Naga had been converted to Christianity and these traditions were forbidden.
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