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Blue Beaded Necklace or Belt

Blue Beaded Necklace or Belt

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Nagaland, the smallest of Indian states, is located in North East India, bordering Burma. Its inhabitants are aboriginal tribes whose distinct culture has persisted for thousands of years. Their culture is free of Hindu influence. Instead, it is animistic, meaning objects, plants or animals possess energy or soul. Once significance is ascribed to worn materials, they become important power objects.

Naga jewelry is worn mainly by men warriors during ceremonial festivals, and it is quite uniform. The prerogative to wear particular ornament is strictly controlled, and rights to wear certain ornaments are earned thus allowing for social mobility. Rights are permitted based on bravery, wealth and prestige. Materials used are varied- vegetable substances like bamboo or wood, animal materials like skin, hair, claws, horns, and tusks, imported materials like ivory, seashells, corals and metals and hard stone beads like rock crystals, carnelian, amber, and glass.

This 32 strand necklace is made of small blue glass beads. The most notable section is the clasp, which dates this piece to the early 20th century. It is designed with polychromatic glass beads connecting the clasp to the strands of black beads, and the two joining parts are a loop made of cotton, and a bone button.

Circa: Early 20th c

Origin: India

Material: Glass beads, bone, fabric

Condition: Excellent

Dimensions: 15" Drop

Inventory number: JL3628

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Our vintage and antique pieces have traveled throughout the world and survived decades - maybe even centuries - of use. Do not expect them to be in perfect or *new* condition. Signs of their past makers and owners may be noticeable such as small holes, loose threads, & stains. In our opinion, this adds to their charm!