Amulet necklace, West Africa, 1880-1920
Amulets have long been worn in most cultures worldwide to protect the wearer from danger, disease and harm. Hung on the chain of shells are carved animal horns and a blue beaded leather bag. Medicines were carried in the horns and bag to protect the wearer from sickness and disease.
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Ornaments worn around the neck, usually in the form of chains or strands of beads, pearls, stones, or the like, and often including a suspended ornamental pendant. Use "chokers" for short, narrow necklaces worn close to the throat. Use "dog collars (necklaces)" for wide ornamental bands worn tightly around the neck.
Small object or piece of jewellery worn as a protecting charm to ward off ill health and bad luck.