silver soul lock from the Hmong 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. Made from 95-99% silver. This soul lock is from Xieng Khouang, Laos. The soul lock measures 2 7/8 inches by 2 1/8 inches and weighs 50 grams. The heavyweight silver chain is 24 inches long.
Approximate Price/Value: $118