Overall Condition: Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.
Damage/Repair: Chips, cracks and dirt.
The Ethiopian Medicine Man Necklace, originating from the Omo Valley Tribes in Ethiopia's southern region, holds cultural and spiritual significance. Crafted from animal bones, often cattle or goat bones, the bone stick pendant features intricate carvings and symbols, reflecting the unique traditions of the Omo Valley Tribes. In traditional Ethiopian medicine, such bone sticks are utilized by shamans or medicine men/women for healing rituals. The wood stick's round symbols, known as "protection eyes," are believed to ward off the evil eye, offering spiritual protection. The pendant, adorned with vibrant decorations, likely symbolizes the shaman's connection to the spiritual realm. This necklace is a captivating artifact, showcasing the diverse cultural practices and spiritual beliefs of the Omo Valley Tribes in Ethiopia.
This strand is not intended to be a ready-to-wear necklace. Although the strand can be worn "as is," the string holding it together is not durable and may break with use. For this reason, we recommend that you restring the beads before wearing them.