Antique Hmong Silver Soul Lock Pendant ETJ121

This soul lock pendant is made of solid high grade silver and is engraved with a traditional Hmong motif. For centuries, silver soul lock pendants have been worn by the Hmong to keep the restless soul from taking flight from the body until the appropriate time has come.

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The Hmong are an interesting mountain dwelling people found throughout SE Asia and southern China and are renowned for their silversmith skills and unique designs. They were the first hill tribe group to successfully cultivate opium, which provided the income to amass silver and fashion it into adornments.

Reference: Paul & Elaine Lewis, Peoples of the Golden Triangle p.54

Characteristics
Width: 5cm, 2.6 in
Height: 5.3cm, 2 in
Weight: 17 grams
Period: Early 20thC

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