Vintage Nagaland Conch Shell Chakki Focal Bead Pendant With Primitive Design Set in Brass with Coral Inlay Imported from Kathmandu

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Vintage Nagaland Conch Shell Chakki Focal Bead Pendant With Primitive Design Set in Brass with Coral Inlay Imported from Kathmandu

A gorgeous Nagaland chakki focal bead or pendant made of conch shell, acquired from Kathmandu, Nepal.

The bead has an intricate pattern of a human torso and sacred spirals etched or "tattooed" into the shell surface giving this piece a very tribal primitive look.
The outer edge of the shell is set in a brass bezel with a band of deep red crushed coral inlay measuring 8mm wide with a lovely flower petal pattern and the center of the bead has a brass "rose" accent.
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Please refer to the photos as they are an important part of the description. All weights and measures are approximate. Colors may vary from one monitor to another.


Bead Weight: 54.6 gms /just under two ounces
Bead Length:80mm / 3 1/8" including generous bale
Bead Width: 55mm / 2 1/4"
Bead Depth: 10mm / 7/16"
Bead Shape: Oval
Bale Opening: The bale is oval in shape and measures 10mm in length with the opening being 6mm at the widest point,large enough to fit a standard pencil through

Photo #2 has a wonderful measuring tool included to make it easier to visualize the size of this piece.
If you'd like one of these truly "All Important Brass Gauge For Measuring In Both Metric And English Measure To Take The Guess Work Out Of It!" follow the link below, this has proven to be a MOST VALUABLE tool that really does take the guess work out of measurements!!

Who are Konyak Naga Tribe?

These vintage necklaces are very popular among Naga tribal women. The Konyak Naga tribe is considered as one among the fiercest tribes in the world. The Konyak are a Naga tribe known for their valour and head-hunting practices in Northern India (Nagaland) and Burma. Konyak Naga tribal people love to wear ornaments which are made of conch shell, brass, gem stone and glass beads.

"Headhunting, the traditional practice of taking the head after killing a person, was followed since times immemorial in different parts of the world, including in Nagaland. The Nagas are a people of mongoloid stock inhabiting the mountainous region of the state.
They comprise 14 major tribes. Among these tribes are the Konyak and the Angami — Zao belongs to the Angami tribe — along with their sub-clans. Each tribe has its distinct dialects, traditions and customs.
...headhunting, a practice that is symbolic of ‘masculinity’. According to some anthropological studies, the practice stemmed from the belief that the head contained the soul or life force, which could be harnessed by capturing it. It was believed that taking the head as a trophy would enable the victor to gain some of his slain enemy’s power and spirit.
....a warrior who was able to bring a head home earned the respect in his clan. “He dressed up in the best of clothes and got the best of wives. He even decorated his house with more feathers, ethnic symbols and wood carvings,” she says. Most important was the tattoo on his face that is made by none other than the rani (queen) of the clan.
...soothsayers could predict in which direction the enemy was lying and the time and direction in which the warrior should move. When the warriors brought their prized trophy home, they would place it on a platform made of a banana trunk for three to four months until the head began to rot. Then a ritual was performed and the skull was brought and kept in the Morung, a dormitory where young, unmarried men were taught life skills."

I found a most enlightening link on the internet regarding a recent film made in the Nagaland area,documenting the Konyak Head Hunters. The link is below if you wish to gain more knowledge of these indigenous people of India.


If you need a good excuse to purchase this piece go to the link below ;)

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