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Naga Headhunters’ Buffalo Teeth Necklace

Naga Headhunters’ Buffalo Teeth Necklace


This necklace is made from wild water
buffalo teeth. This pectoral ornament is made up of
around 200 wild water buffalo teeth. Once belonging to a tribe of Naga headhunters,
the necklace was a symbol of power. The piece is comprised of six tiers of teeth affixed to natural fibers and topped with glass beads. Originating in northeast India, the piece made its way to Australia before it was acquired by Ripley’s. Believe It or Not, Naga headhunters kept a house of skulls in their village, and men were expected to contribute regularly. Naga men who didn’t were called cows, adding to the necklace’s symbolism.

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