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Amulet necklace, West Africa, 1880-1920

Medicines are carried in this animal horn. It is worn around the neck to protect from illness and ill fortune. The animal claw and nut threaded on the leather have a powerful effect. Amulets have long been worn in most cultures worldwide to protect the wearer from danger, disease and harm.

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A172507

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Glossary: necklace

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.

Glossary: superstition

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