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 effigies
medium: notes
keywords: head-hunters
ethnicgroup: Angami <EasternAngami <Northern
location: Chezumi (Chezubama) Nerhema
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 9:33
text: Eastern Angami. Grave figures. Now very scarce - since put up only on the graves of successful head-hunters. The intention is absolutely representational - the figure is dressed in warrior's clothes and is meant to be him. That it does not represent him literally is due to the art tradition. Example photographed at Chezubama - see diary - great dignity.
text: In a 5 mile radius of Chezubama no other cases known. Nerhema (Northern Angamis) contains 3 figures.