The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

colour photographs of Naga artefacts from various sources

caption: Very long up-curving dance-tail made of narrow length of wood of oblong section, with 2 carved faces at the end and one at the top above a strut lying against the woman's back, facing outwards, with eyes of black seeds with white "sutures" and teeth of coix seeds and cotton earpads and red hair. Below the two heads is a rectangular plate decorated with red and black hair and lines of coix seeds. The top of the tail under the single head is plated with rows of coix seeds. The top (back) of the tail is decorated with a row of 2cm cowries base uppermost on red dyed hair plumes with long black streamers below. the tail was made for Mr Mills. No complete old tail of this type exists. There is no doubt of its correctness. Worn by a man who has taken heads and covered a retreat. Eastern Angami, Pfutsero village.
medium: artefacts
ethnicgroup: Angami (Eastern)
refnum: 970
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 13.1.1934
form: gift
person: Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
refnum: 1928.69.11
note: descriptions derived from original source material unless in square brackets or otherwise stated