Neck ornament made from a cut-down enamel plate and a boar's tusk in Nagaland, on the Burmese borderlands of north-east India. 26.6 cms long. Purchased from a Chang Naga from Santok by J. H. Hutton in November 1923.
Among the Naga peoples, pieces of the rims of enamel and porcelain plates were incorporated as substitutes for boar's tusks in a number of traditional contexts. The visual qualities of the curved white tin plate fit perfectly with the curved white visual qualities of boar's tusks to make them ideal substitutes. (1923.85.133).