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Amulet, India, 1850-1916

Many people believe amulets have magical or spiritual powers, that they can bring luck and health while protecting from sickness and harm. They can also be used as indicators of significant events. These three iridescent green wing case pieces came from a large flying insect. Amulets of this type were said to be worn by Indian women who had lost infants soon after birth. They date from around the late 1800s. Infant mortality rates remain high in many developing countries.

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Small object or piece of jewellery worn as a protecting charm to ward off ill health and bad luck.

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The number of deaths which occur in a given area or period, from a particular disease, etc.; the average frequency of death; death rate.

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