Amulet necklace

Made:
1880-1920 in Africa
maker:
Unknown
Amuletic necklace consisting of shell chain threaded with horn tips and blue bead bags, African, 1850-1915. Plan view Amuletic necklace consisting of shell chain threaded with horn tips and blue bead bags, African, 1850-1915. Plan view.

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Amuletic necklace consisting of shell chain threaded with horn tips and blue bead bags, African, 1850-1915. Plan view
Science Museum Group Collection
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Amuletic necklace consisting of shell chain threaded with horn tips and blue bead bags, African, 1850-1915. Plan view.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Amulet necklace, consisting of shell chain threaded with horn tips and blue bead bags, west Africa, 1880-1920

An amulet necklace strung with horn tips and blue beaded leather bags. It is common to put medicine in an animal horn, and necklace charms are often worn around the neck as protection against illness and ill fortune.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A45630
Materials:
beads, glass, hide, horn and steel
Measurements:
overall (laid flat): 20 mm x 195 mm x 365 mm, .052 kg
type:
necklace and amulet
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • jewellery