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Hat of a head hunter
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Objects such as this once formed the identity of the Naga. Under British colonial law, head hunting was forbidden. Similar objects today do not serve a traditional purpose and are made in a more folkloristic context.

History of the Object
The Naga of today`s Assam immigrated from Southeast Asia into the Himalaya foothills in northeast India. This hat of a head hunter hints at the cultic importance of head-hunting, which brings magic powers into the village.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Bamboo, human hair, boar teeth, feathers 
Measurements
Height 60 cm Length 75 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
India; Nagaland 
Geography
India 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; 1940 (before) 
Function
ritual 
Acquisition
The museum’s naga collection of Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf with its more than 600 objects is one of the largest worldwide collections. Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf sold his collection to the Museum in 1937. It was acquired during extensive fieldwork among the Naga in 1936. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
 
Museum
Weltmuseum Wien 
Credit line
 

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