This is a fabulous Multi Strand of 14 Beads with 9 Panels of Magnificent Beading of Red, Orange and Tan Beads with Bone Dividers from the Konyak Tribal People of Nagaland, Northern India. Ornaments are very important to the Nagas, because besides fulfilling the decorative needs of the people, they serve visually to distinguish the warrior and commoner classes. Most of the ornaments are acquired in accordance with strict traditions. Naga ornaments consisted chiefly of a large number of necklaces composed of beads of all sorts and sizes. Naga ethnic groups are distinctively marked by their attire and ornaments. In Naga society, ornaments whose use is not subject to social control are rare. The majority mark a holder’s membership in a certain clan, age group, or rank. They can demonstrate also that a person has performed certain rituals or ceremonies. Furthermore, ornaments not only express status, but also power. Konyak women use glass beads in massive quantities, along with other ornaments. As the Nagas possessed no glass-making technology, these beads were traded. This extraordinary necklace was handcrafted by Naga Tribe Jewelry Makers in Nagaland, Northern India. It is a traditional design from this region, made with multiple beaded-strands. The predominant beads are the distinctive Naga earthy-red and brown hue, with splashes of colored beads added. A bone-button clasp closes the back. This Konyak belt would have been an important heirloom piece of great prestige and value which was worn and handed down to consecutive generations. A beautiful collectors piece to wear or to display in your home or add to your collection. A truly magnificent piece!
43 1/2" long
4" wide across each side
5" between panels
14 strands of red tan orange
4 1/4" long
Collected in the field, show some age, missing a few beads at top where the belt ties, but overall in good condition.
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