Glass beads and brass Naga necklace, Nagaland, India

Glass beads and brass Naga necklace, Nagaland, India


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Yellow and orange barrel beads and bronze bells necklace from the Naga people inhabiting the region of Nagaland, in NE India and NW of Myanmar. The Nagas possessed no glass-making technology so these beads were traded, that is why they are called trade beads. Made up by 4 strands and featuring 3 brass bell beads. On natural cord with shell bead closure. A beautiful artefact to be worn or displayed .Dating back to the first half of the 20th century.

The Naga people love colour. They use beads in variety, profusion and complexity in their jewelry, along with a wide range of materials including glass, shell, stone, teeth or tusk, claws, horns, metal, bone, wood, seeds, hair, and fibre. Naga jewellery is an important part of identity, with the entire tribe wearing similar bead jewellery.

The word Naga originated as an exonym - An exonym or xenonym is an external name for a geographical place, a group of people, an individual person, or a language or dialect. It is a common name used only outside the place, group, or linguistic community in question. Today, it covers a number of tribes that reside in Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh states of India, and also in Myanmar.