Leather backed with hand carved bone spacers between each of the nine lost wax sand cast bronze heads organic rattan / sinew fiber is used to tie the belt together and employed to attach the brass pendents to the leather. The 9 brass heads represent 9 head hunting victims that were taken by the Naga headhunter warrior that wore this belt, signifying status, honor and wealth.
Collection catalogue number reads: 1054a, and a circular red David Howard Tribal Art seal on the back.
Approximate dimensions: 25 1/4 long x 3 inches high..
Parallels: Similar, albeit lesser, examples are illustrated in The Nagas, on pps. 254 and 260.
Condition: Patina to bronze, light surface wear, no apparent loss or repairs.
Up for Auction on September 25, 2020
Estimate: $1,500 - 2,000