A round shell ear-disc incised with an anthropomorphic bravery sign. The circumference of the shell is incised with black dots. The shell is bored in the centre and fastened by a bamboo toggle with a red glass bead button.

All warrior Nagas commonly use such types of ear discs. They are usually worn one disc at each end of a pair of strings or of a flat band of very small coloured beads arranged in geometrical patterns. This band is worn across the top so that the discs fall over the top of the ears.

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