The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : 'Konyak Nagas' by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, (1969)

caption: Chapter One. The Material Background
caption: animal motifs in wood carving
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York18:3
text: While the human figure was a frequent subject for the wood-carver's art, animals, particularly wild animals, provided equal inspiration. Tigers, elephants, monkeys, and hornbills constituted favorite motifs, while domestic animals were hardly ever depicted. How little the Konyak artist was restricted by a set of traditional motifs was demonstrated by one carving of soldiers with rifles, which had been executed soon after the Konyaks had had their first experience of Indian troops.