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A Victorian-era lachrymosa, also called lachrymatory, tear catchers, or tear vials. Sometimes worn on a necklace, sometimes merely held, they were used the gather the tears wept by mourners at funerals. One type of lachrymosa had a special top which allowed the tears to evaporate (signifying the time to stop mourning), others had a sealed top to allow the tears to last for a year, at which point they would be poured on the grave of the person whom the tears were wept for.

✯ Amulet -To protect wearer from poverty, comprising several coins bound together into a circle with five coins suspended beneath and two above.✯

"Amenhotep I", by Marjorie Schick, 2002, pair of collars. Dowel collar: painted wood and cord. Feather collar: painted papier mache, wood, thread.

This is intruiging to me. I would probably like it better if it didn't look so much like a butterfly. Love that it's made of feathers.