Naga Antique Glass Bead Belt, 30 ½” inches


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  • Antique Naga “royal” glass trade bead belt, 30 ½”
  • Stunning belt of rounded, “royal” mustard color glass beads, with accents of other rare, high status beads, including whitehearts, white, cobalt, pale yellow, brown, and blue glass beads. Clasped with an antique chank shell button, another sign of status within the village and tribe.
  • Perfectly symmetrical sections, characteristic of  Naga jewelry, are separated by
  • by bone spacer bars with up to 30 holes. The bone comes from the highly valued, semi-domesticated mithun, an ox-like animal indigenous to Nagaland.
  • Worn by women and girls of the chief’s clan during festivals, ceremonies and special occasions especially, but sometimes also on a daily basis.
  • Beads date from the early 1900’s, collected in the 1980’s