According to "The Splendors of Ethnic Jewelry", the Naga Hill peoples are former headhunters of Mongol descent who have been documented as far back as Ptolemy's time. Jewelry and other body adornment are indicators of social status, and this beaded necklace with its ornamental shell clasp would have been worn by men and women of high status. The glass beads would have been acquired through trade, while the conch shell ornaments are from the Bay of Bengal.
SIZE: 22" long. The 27 strands of beads form a hank approximately 1-1/2" thick. The conch shell clasp/ornament is approximately 1" x 1-1/2".
AGE: first half 20th century
CONDITION: very good vintage condition. Most of the strands of red beads are strung in pairs; however a few are singles, indicating that a few strands of beads have probably been lost over time. There is a little fraying of the cord at the clasp.
Red Beaded Naga Necklace