4 ago 2010

Naga bamboo mug

Name: Naga bamboo mug
Origin: Naga people, India, Asia
Date: Collected by Eric Thomas Drummond Lambert, Given to the Museum in 1936
Museum: Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, UK
This bamboo drinking mug from Nagaland, in Northeast India, has been elaborately carved with human figures, elephants, and skulls. This vessel belonged to a head-hunter – the skulls represent heads taken by him. Head-hunting was practised amongst the Nagas until the twentieth century. It was part of ritualized warfare, in which heads were taken to gain status and encourage fertility. This vessel was made some time before 1936 by a man called Kaolun, who was a Phom Naga.
© Photos and text: Pitt Rivers Museum

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