M18595 | Pendant

 
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Pendant
Anonyme - Anonymous
Eastern Arctic
Inuit: Nunavimiut
1875-1900, 19th century
Ivory
0.3 x 4.9 cm
Gift of Mrs. D. A. Murray
M18595
© McCord Museum
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In Arctic Quebec, bone or ivory pendants were hung from the hem of parkas to make a decorative fringe that also served to weigh down the garment and prevent it from riding up. Amulets were sewn on garments as well. The Inuit believed that such pendants protected them from supernatural forces and helped ensure good hunting. It was thought that these amulets could transfer to the wearer the qualities of the animal represented or the object used to make them.