silver soul lock from the Hmong hilltribe of Laos

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Spirit locks are handcrafted by Hmong hilltribe silversmiths in Northeastern Thailand and Laos. Hmong tradition holds that people can lose their souls (or spirits) in times of illness or distress, so the wearing of a soul lock - a pendant in the traditional padlock shape - can help to keep the soul within the body. Both the soul lock and the chain are made from 95-99% silver.

This soul lock is from Xieng Khouang, Laos.
It weighs 64 grams and measures 2 1/8 inches by 2 3/4 inches. The chain is 26 inches long.
Approximate Price/Value: $115