A dao from the headhunting Naga tribes, decorated with cane and dyed red goats hair.
The Naga hill tribes are native to northeastern India and northwestern Myanmar.
The main offensive weapons of the Nagas were the spear and dao.
The Dao is a multi-purpose weapon. It is used to fell trees, cut fowls, divide meat, carve posts and kill enemies - in fact for any kind of work involving cutting. It is a life long companion of the Naga. The blade is fitted into a wooden handle which is tightly bound with cane, the Changs, Semas and Aos decorate their Dao handle with goat's hair.