Large Hmong Silver Soul Lock Pendant ETJ24

This large antique tribal silver pendant from the Hmong tribe of Laos is referred to as a soul lock pendant. For centuries, soul lock pendants have been worn by the Hmong to keep the restless soul from taking flight from the body until the appropriate time arrives. Genuine antique pieces of this size are much sought after and few remain in SE Asia.

Made of solid, high grade silver, this soul lock pendant is inscribed with a traditional Hmong design. The incised decoration has faded a little from wear. The pendant retains its original patina but could be polished to a high shine if desired. It has been mounted on a custom built stand for display.

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.

Width: 8cm, 4 in
Height: 5.5cm, 2.6 in
Height on stand: 11cm, 4.7 in
Weight: 72 grams / 2.5 oz
Period: Early 19th century
Provenance: Northern Laos

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