A spirit lock amulet, shaped like a padlock and worn as an amuletic pendant. Spirit locks are believed to lock the spirit or soul into the body in case of illness or accident, thereby providing the wearer with powerful protection against physical harm. Hmong people, northern Thailand. Ninety five percent silver content or higher. This piece has a detailed pattern of decoration and dates at least to the mid 20th Century. Please see our article on spirit locks below.