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Early 20th Century
Size: 122cm high, 152cm wide – 48 ins high, 59¾ ins wide
Head hunting determined many of the alliances between Naga groups. They have a set of beliefs about a powerful virtue that resides in the human head, and that part of a man's personality is seated in the skull even after death, and so the captor of a skull thereby acquires this power for himself.
Feasts and feast giving were also central to Naga life, each one given enhancing the prestige of the feast giver and leading to recognition of his ritual status. A man who had carried out a full series of Feasts of Merit and who had taken many heads could wear this man’s body cloth.