The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

letters from J.P. Mills to Henry Balfour

caption: Bags, head and chest ornaments, and dolls collected
medium: letters
person: Balfour/ Henry
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Mon
date: 12.3.1934
person: Mills/ J.P.
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Mills Ms.
text: Kohima,
text: Naga Hills.
text: March 12th 1934
text: My dear Balfour,
text: This is being written in haste. I am posting you 3 parcels today - addressed to Curator, P-R. One contains 2 Konyak bags with good contrasting anthropomorphic designs. The one I got from the Ang of Mon is about the best I have ever seen. It was his own, made by one of his many wives.
text: Another box contains carved heads and chest ornaments. The wooden head of the blue eyed boy with a squint (you'll know which I mean when you see them!) was a lucky pick up. It is very old and was going to be thrown away - in fact I saw it round the neck of an idiot boy. I think you only have one or two of that type. I wish you'd seen the gentleman wearing the pink 'un (you'll know that too when you see it). He was one of the bucks who carried our loads.
text: The third box contains wooden and clay dolls. The Konyak dolls are ordinarily of clay, but as there was little chance of them arriving intact I asked the donor if he could make wooden ones. He said he could at once and did so. Very highly conventionalised...
text: Yours ever,
text: Philip Mills