Antique Hmong Silver Soul Lock Pendant ETJ169


This is a fine example of an antique Hmong soul lock pendant with especially intricate decoration. It is made of solid cast high grade silver and is engraved with a traditional Hmong star motif. It retains its aged patina, but if desired could be polished to a high shine.

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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.

The Hmong are a fiercely independent 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.

Width (at widest point): 5cm, 2.5 in
Height: 6cm, 2.4 in
Weight: 20g / 0.7 oz.
Late 19th – Early 20th Century
Provenance: Northern Laos

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