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102-002 Antique Adi-Minyong waist ornament of three metal pendants and glass trade beads.

102-002 Antique Adi-Minyong waist ornament of three metal pendants and glass trade beads.
102-002 Antique Adi-Minyong waist ornament of three metal pendants and glass trade beads.
102-002 Antique Adi-Minyong waist ornament of three metal pendants and glass trade beads.
102-002 Antique Adi-Minyong waist ornament of three metal pendants and glass trade beads.
102-002 Antique Adi-Minyong waist ornament of three metal pendants and glass trade beads.

Antique Adi-Minyong waist ornament of three metal pendants and glass trade beads.

Circa 1900. Six twisted strands of red, yellow and blue glass trade beads. Pendants are locally made lost-wax brass and loop-tipped and strung on fiber extracted from Screw pine leaves. Measurements: overall length 32" (approx.) 84 cm. Central disk 48 cm diameter and top to 58 cm. Left disk (as worn) 46 cm and 56 cm. Right disk (as worn) 42 cm and 55 cm. 

The Adi people are one of the most populous groups of indigenous peoples in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. A few thousand are also found in the Tibet Autonomous Region (Previously Tibet) where they are called the Lhoba.

Acquired by auction from a St Paul, MN estate, prior to 2000.

Brass And glass bead Waist Ornament or (benyop) worn by the young women (before the birth of their first child) of the Adi-Minyong Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh (Siang District) in Northeast India.  "The pendants are composed of boldly patterned copper and brass alloy discs stung on a braided cord of cotton. An example of the rich jewellery traditions of some of India's and Nagaland's tribal communities, who inhabit some of the more remote regions. It also exemplifies the way in which traditional jewellery in much of South Asia was closely tied to life-cycle rites, for a simple waistband worn by young girls of this community was replaced with a more elaborate one after a puberty ritual, to be removed on the birth of her first child. These are traditions that have been passed down through generations. There are many other examples of jewellery being used to mark age, status or prowess, especially among the tribal communities.The tribes of Nagaland and all of Northern India show a very strong sense of design as well as adorning themselves with jewelries. Brass, bones, beads, colorful stones and conch shells all go into the crafting of Naga jewelries." 

Similar pieces in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, The British Museum, and the National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh. In each collection the brass pendants appear singly or strung together but without beads.

Information

a. Origin Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh
b. Estimated Age 100+ years
c. Craft (Embroidery etc) Jewelry
d. Size (mention cm/inches) Measurements: overall length 32\" (approx.) 84 cm. Central disk 48 cm diameter and top to 58 cm. Left disk (as worn) 46 cm and 56 cm. Right disk (as worn) 42 cm and 55 cm.
e. Condition Report Excellent condition. No known losses or damage from original state.
f. Damage & Shortcomings None
g. Item Location (Country) USA
Seller Name Charles Nuckles Three Friends of Winter Antiques
Seller's Email ID Threefow@gmail.com
102-002 Antique Adi-Minyong waist ornament of three metal pendants and glass trade beads.
102-002 Antique Adi-Minyong waist ornament of three metal pendants and glass trade beads.
102-002 Antique Adi-Minyong waist ornament of three metal pendants and glass trade beads.
102-002 Antique Adi-Minyong waist ornament of three metal pendants and glass trade beads.
102-002 Antique Adi-Minyong waist ornament of three metal pendants and glass trade beads.