Necklace

Production date
2003
Country
Laos

Object detail

Description
Single neck ring with six long chains attached, three on each side. Smaller chains hang off the outer two of each side. The three chains are joined in the middle by three large pendants.
Classification
CH classification COSTUME ACCESSORIES Jewellery necklace
Production date
2003
Production place
Media/Materials description
Silver (Metals - Non-Ferrous)
History and use
In Hmong tradition, silver jewellery symbolises wealth and prosperity and was used as a form of wealth accumulation and also for gift exchange. As well as for personal ornament, jewellery also functions as a spiritual and magic device: worn around the neck and wrists it is believed to bind the soul to the body. Chain links, lock-shaped pendants and keys provide further insurance against the escape of the soul.
Registration number
H31502

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