Amulet necklace, West Africa, 1880-1920
Amulets have been worn in almost every culture worldwide to protect the wearer from danger, disease and harm. Medicines, often in the form of written charms, are carried within the leather pouches. They are worn around the neck to protect from illness and ill fortune.
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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.