Made from plaited cane and goat hair, this helmet is ceremonial and worn during rituals and festival dances. For the Naga, ornamentation has to be colourful and made from natural materials such as feathers, bone and shell. Materials convey clan identity.

Object Summary

Museum Number 84/1930/1
Simple Name headdress
Full Name headdress
Common Name headdress
Production country India
Material cane; boar’s tusks; ?leather; ?leather
Collection class Religion and magic
Collection continent Asia
Collection area/region S
Production county Assam
Production continent Asia
Production year high 1930
Cultural group Naga
Function name Ceremonial or war helmet