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Monumental Morung Carving with Three Mithun Head Decoration

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Still one of the world’s most isolated societies, the Naga were once enthusiastic headhunters subjected to ‘civilizing missions’ by the British Empire throughout the 19th century. The Naga are talented artisans that create everything they need from the natural resources of their native land. This TOTEM depicts three mithun heads. Though abstract, it embodies the characteristics of the bull: wide horns, long ears, a flat forehead and short snout. This piece is outfitted with a custom newly-made metal Stand, and is exclusively for our "Journey to Nagaland" tribal artifacts exhibition. In a Naga village one structure eclipses all the others in size and importance. Standing over 30 feet tall and up to 50 feet long, the morung is a dormitory for young men. It serves as a critical institution dedicated to educating the village’s adolescent boys as they transition into adulthood. Every three years a new group is inducted each of which requires new carvings. They are placed at the entrance of the morung and the ornamentation on each TOTEM represents the group’s successes. The mithun bull, also known as a gayal (domesticated bison), Silhouette symbolizes wealth and is the most prominent form used in woodcarving.

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  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 165 in. x W 36 in. x D 25 in.H 419.1 cm x W 91.44 cm x D 63.5 cm
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Seller Reference Number
    16T01013
  • Reference Number
    LU886410565883
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