The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

colour photographs of Naga artefacts from various sources

caption: Ceremonial hair-cutting hammer of bamboo with a bean-like seed (?sworn-bean) on each of the seven pieces into which it is split. This is used on the dao for trimming a boy's hair after his first successful raid. It is then kept in the morung and not used again. Usually a bit of bamboo or a bamboo spoon is used to tap the hair on the dao to clip it. The instrument is wrapped in a leaf. Phom, Mongnyu village.
medium: artefacts
ethnicgroup: Phom
location: Mongnyu
ethnicgroup: Phom
location: Mongnyu
refnum: 6:94
person: Mills/ J.P.
form: gift
person: Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
date: 1928
refnum: 1928.69.496
note: descriptions derived from original source material unless in square brackets or otherwise stated