Amulet necklace

Made:
1880-1920 in Africa
maker:
Unknown

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Amuletic necklace, Northern Nigeria, 1880-1930. Plan view. White background.
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Amuletic necklace, Northern Nigeria, 1880-1930. Plan view detail. White background.
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Amuletic necklace, Northern Nigeria, 1880-1930. Plan view. White background. Detail view repurposed from image
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Amuletic necklace, west Africa, 1880-1920

An amuletic necklace from West Africa with small leather charm cases incised with decoration and strung on a leather thong. Charm cases often contain folded talismans - a piece of writing or drawing with meaning for the individual patient. The talismans are unique and are produced in response to the particular situation believed to be causing ill health.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A658410
Materials:
copper, bell and leather
type:
necklace and amulet
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • jewellery
credit:
Glendining

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