Naga Brass Head Choker

The Naga people were a group of various tribes that resided in Nagaland, other parts of Northeastern India, and Myanmar. An important part of the community and culture was the practice of beheading and headhunting by men. An enemy’s head was thought to have magical forces that could be used with appropriate rituals to serve the living. When a headhunter was successful, they gained the right to wear special jewelry with head figures on it, each figure representing a head they brought home.

This choker is made out of Brass, with swirl details and 7 heads. It looks like a head is missing from the right side, but there is no indication that something broke off so we’re guessing that it just wasn’t added on yet.

Circa: Early 20th century

Origin: India

Material: Brass

Condition: Good antique condition

Dimensions: 7" X 5" W

Inventory number: JL3629



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