The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

letter from E.T.D. Lambert to J.H. Hutton

caption: description of phallic stone from Nian; monkey skull with mirror eyes; carved walking stick
medium: letters
person: Hutton/ J.H.Balfour
location: Wakching Nian
person: Lambert/ E.T.D.
date: 27.8.1935
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 344-45
text: Wakching,
text: 27/8/1935?
text: Dear Dr Hutton,
text: I arrived yesterday at Wakching after my tour of the province. I was on the go the whole time but succeeded in getting a lot done that would have been very difficult to do on paper. I have just received a sweep ticket - this time on the race in 1935! I am enclosing it with this letter. I have just received a most extraordinary stone from Nian. Thus: SKETCH
text: It was found in the river. It is a very hard black stone obviously carved and A is a very clever representation of a J.T. Nobody here has any idea of what it represents. The base is absolutely flat and this shape: SKETCH
text: If you will be in Shillong when I come up for the pujahs I can bring it up or I can send it now by post if you like. It is about 9" long by about 6" high. I have got one or two beautiful things this time. A monkey's skull with two little mirrors let in for the eyes! A walking stick with four men facing outwards near the top. All carved out of the same piece of wood. Quite the cleverest thing in this line I have yet seen. It has come from Wanching. SKETCH I wish we could get this Konyak carving on the market. I sincerely hope that you are fit again now and have recovered from the op. if they have yet undertaken it.
text: I should like a letter of intro to Mr Balfour if you could let me have it and I shall see him in Oxford together with my box of trophies.
text: E.T.D. Lambert