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Armlet

Armlet made with conus shells as a central ornament and glass and plastic beads. Not made by the Kitui Kamba because they do not use these vivid dark colours.

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Armlet

Armlet made with conus shells as a central ornament and glass and plastic beads. Not made by the Kitui Kamba because they do not use these vivid dark colours.

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Helmet

A tightly woven man’s cane helmet with an upturned peak at the back and a tassel at the crown that falls to the back. There are additional woven strings tied to the front of the helmet that would have held the front protruding hair knot. These distinctive helmets with the upturned back peak were worn by the Hill Miri and Apatani people from the remote mountain areas of Arunachal Pradesh. The expertly and tightly woven cane provided good protection and was hard wearing enough to deal with blows during battles. They were often decorated with additional feathers and hornbills. The RAMM helmet is a very nice example. Image from: http://www.himalayanfrontiers.com/english/activities/d/trekking-1/chandratal-via-hampta-pass-78.html

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Shield

Softwood shield decorated with white clay and red ochre. The reverse surface is flat with a handgrip in the middle.

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Shield

This shield was not carried by a handle on the back. Instead it was suspended over the wearer’s shoulder by a cane or fibre loop. This enabled more freedom of movement when using a bow and arrow.

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