Double Strand Naga

Double Strand Naga

Description

18th – 19th century, Nagaland, India

A double strand shell necklace.  A classic native village design this gorgeous piece is refined with our hand woven cord, in the tribal tradition.  These shells came from a collection Jewels acquired from a Naga princess.  No joke! Among a large group, these were the best matched for this design on the fine cord superbly executed by Fedua in our Marrakech studio. Lovely piece, fresh!

The shells were cut from the center of South Indian Ocean chank shells (Turbinella pyrum), which are very similar to conch shells, just another closely related species. That shell cutting industry in South India has not been active for more than one hundred and fifty years. In some cases, the shells were actually drilled and made into wearable beads by Angami Nagas, who would have traded for them via Assam, India. Each is different but all come from the same species of mollusk.

One of a kind
Necklace length:  29”
Average bead: 2 1/2”
Expected delivery, early June 2020

$925.00

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Description

18th – 19th century, Nagaland, India

A double strand shell necklace.  A classic native village design this gorgeous piece is refined with our hand woven cord, in the tribal tradition.  These shells came from a collection Jewels acquired from a Naga princess.  No joke! Among a large group, these were the best matched for this design on the fine cord superbly executed by Fedua in our Marrakech studio. Lovely piece, fresh!

The shells were cut from the center of South Indian Ocean chank shells (Turbinella pyrum), which are very similar to conch shells, just another closely related species. That shell cutting industry in South India has not been active for more than one hundred and fifty years. In some cases, the shells were actually drilled and made into wearable beads by Angami Nagas, who would have traded for them via Assam, India. Each is different but all come from the same species of mollusk.

One of a kind
Necklace length:  29”
Average bead: 2 1/2”
Expected delivery, early June 2020