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Nagaland Headhunter's Necklace with Three Heads

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Nagaland Headhunter's Necklace with Three Heads
In traditional Naga society the wearer of this necklace had to have taken three heads. Since the Naga gave up headhunting by the middle of the 20th century, we are dating this necklace as pre-1950 though it is probably considerably older.

A 21 inch string of black, yellow and green beads attaches to loops on either ends of the brass heads. The three heads together measure 5-3/4 inches in length. Not including the two loops the heads themselves measure 2-1/4 inch in height.

Unlike the reproduction pieces coming out of present day Nagaland, this piece bears every element of authenticity. Where the beads cords attach to the loops shows the wear of long use, and the edges of the back sides of the brass heads also bear testimony to its age and usage.

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