The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes made by W.G. Archer between 1946 & 1948, and miscellaneous papers and letters

caption: grave effigy
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 9:28.
text: Re grave figures - the Konyaks conscious object is complete fidelity to life - a Madame Tussaud's figure is the ideal - To resemble in the most photographic manner possible the dead person -
text: at the same time figures are always carved in conventional forms - there is thus a complete divorce between object and practice - the instinct for form and rhythm is unconscious and even asserts itself against the conscious object.