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Necklace with Amulet Case

Origin Somalia
Title Necklace with Amulet Case
Date 18th century (?)
Medium Gold
Dimensions Object: 8 × 1 3/4 in. (20.3 × 4.4 cm)
Overall: 8 × 1 3/4 in. (20.3 × 4.4 cm)
Credit Line Gift of the Foundation for Cross Cultural Understanding, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 2005.131

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The arts of the east African coast, including jewelry and dress, reflect the dominance of Islam for more than ten centuries. On some necklaces, small containers hang as pendants and are intended to hold tightly wrapped pieces of paper on which specialists have written verses from the Koran. Such jewelry, worn next to the skin, is believed to promote the owner's health and well-being.

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