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    Naga Conch Shell Bracelet

    Made and worn by the Naga people of Nagaland, India, this arm band is cut from a single conch shell, also called a chank shell (Xancus pyrum), a very large gastropod mollusc common to the Bay of Bengal and prized by many Himalayan people for its strength, large graceful form and white colour.

    Armbands like this were commonly worn on the wrist or over the elbow with the point facing the elbow. While bracelets like these were worn by Tibetan women as a symbol of purity and good luck, the decoration on this bracelet indicate that it originates with the Naga people.

    Good patina, some stress fractures but overall in very good condition. Early to mid 20th century.

    Measurements: height at point 10 cm, inside diameter at narrowest point 5.6 cm