Leather amulet with bead decoration, possibly, turtle or lizard form,contains umbilical cord, Sioux people, Plains Indian, North America, late 19th century
Made from leather and decorated with beads and porcupine quills, this turtle-shaped amulet is thought to contain an umbilical cord. The amulet was worn by girls until they reached puberty to ward off illness. In many Native American belief systems, turtles were thought to look after women's diseases. It was possibly made by the Sioux people of the Great Plains, in North America.
- Ethnography and Folk Medicine
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- human remains
- Wellcome Trust
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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