Head Hunter Trophy Amulet

Naga Tribe, India
Early 20th Century
Provenance: Private Collection

The Naga Peoples were ferocious headhunters. In battle, when a Naga warrior took a head, he would carve a wooden trophy in a similar likeness to be worn on his body for protection and to show his strength and prowess. This example is beautifully carved with an alluring naturalism. The raised cheekbones, nose, and eyes are exquisitely carved. However, the barred teeth are a visual reminder of the strength and power its owner possessed. The profile has a beautifully downward projection which is embellished by the head’s deep-red aged patina, caused by extensive handling.

Height: 3 1/2 in.
IN 11-3-15 / SOLD