African shaman snake vertebrae necklace. Authentic and rare.
This is a lovely old snake vertebrae necklace from Africa. These were (and still are) traditionally used by shaman and witch doctors in ceremonies and ritual. It is also believed that wearing one will protect the owner from snake bite and venom.
This is a lovely example showing a great colour and patina which has been gained over many years of regular handling and use. The spines on the vertebrae have been smoothed and worn away. An authentic, highly tactile and well used piece of African culture and a rare find.
The necklace measures 89cm in length.