The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

black & white photographs taken by Ursula Graham Bower between 1937 and 1946

caption: A crude female statue, Laisong village. Stone sculpture is rare among the Naga tribes. This, and a stone elephant are the only examples known to me among the Nzemi. They may possibly have been inspired by the stone sculptures of the Kacharis. This female figure was carved by the young men at the dying request of the man on whose memorial it stands. It is intended to show future generations what kind of woman he loved in his youth. The lad sitting by it is the grandson of the village priest.
medium: photographs
location: Laisong
form: 35mm negatives
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: [12.1940] approx.
note: information based on catalogue compiled by photographer unless in square brackets
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: BT NO 1355,6