The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

miscellaneous papers, notebooks and letters on Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower, 1937-1947

caption: artefacts collected by Ursula Graham Bower
caption: wooden models of daos
medium: notes
person: Zhekhuingba/ of Laisong
location: Khangnam Laisong
date: 12.1.1946
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1937-1946
person: private collection
text: Khangnam, wooden models of daos (half-scale)
text: 1) Labelled pe-tsao-ke
text: Same pattern as Hia-zut-ke (iron specimen in my possession, made by Zhekhuingba of Laisong).
text: 2) As 1, with double-hook, though I have never heard of a double-hook pattern in metal.
text: 3) Nkhang-ke
text: Query: survival of a war-club ?
text: These wooden models are carried by young men, at Matui-ra and kindred dekachang feasts, when in full dress. They are often decorated with black bars and "weaving sword" patterns.
text: 4) As 3.
text: Models made for me in Khangnam, 12.1.46; cost 2/-. These wooden models are about 1/2 to 1/4 size. The wooden models when full-size are often very large, larger by far than a metal dao would be.
text: I cannot trace a metal nkhang-ke anywhere. A few metal specimens of 1) exist, mostly ear-marked as grave-furniture.
text: 5) Hia-zut-ke. Large specimen made at Laisong by Zhekhuingba of that village, from half a piece of (stolen) rail about 18" or less in length, employing only the usual tools and forge.