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Head hunter's basket that is deep and rectangular at the base and oval at the top. The basket has an outer frame work of cane, with a cloth carrying strap attached to the sides. The basket is decorated with two monkey skulls and fibre and bead tassels.

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head carrier

1 item (description level: whole)
Additional names, titles, or classifications
object name (Horniman Ethno.):  head carrier
common name:  head hunter's basket

Additional place information
made or collected:  Assam 
Naga; Konyak
Additional culture information
maker or user:  Konyak 
maker or user:  Naga 

Materials & techniques
cane; wool; bead; mammal bone; cloth
Additional material & technique information
material: cane (overall)
technique: cloth (strap and decoration)
material: mammal bone (decoration)
material: bead (decoration)
material: wool (decoration)
overall: 190.5 x 336.55 x 254 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 190.5 x 336.55 x 254 mm

Part of a small collection from India.
donor:  Rowland-Hill, T. C.  gift 1963-05-03

Related subjects
theme: War- and Peace-making
material: bead
material: cane
object name (Horniman Ethno.): head carriers
maker or user: Konyak
material: mammal bone
maker or user: Naga
technique: textile
material: wool

Record created 2000-01-22 by DRICE
Record last updated 2016-10-04 by XGVIEWS

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