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: symbolism of gate decoration
medium: notes
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 12:50
text: Gates. Idea of ambiguous form - a number of the forms are capable of entirely different identifications - the big bosses under which ropes are inserted are very similar to the rice basket cum breasts emblem SKETCH
text: Isolated mithan horns also resemble daos - knives - the central horns are like great flaring flames - the suns are often like huge staring eyes - an effect of power and horror.
text: Breasts - sometimes as rounded forms with nipples SKETCH
text: sometimes as painted line of black and white rectangles