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Copper Bracelets
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This object is a valuable thing for both wearing and embracing the bad spirits.

History of the Object
Tơ Ngôl Dhéh's father gave her this bracelet when she was ten years old. She likes it very much and often wears it. It is made as a spiral and worn from wrist to elbow. She does not remember if her father bought it or had someone make it. Normally, there are only a few people who can make it in their village and they have to hire them to make such a bracelet. The craftsman will wind the circles depending on the customer’s demand and the length of the copper line. Bracelets or other jewelry are believed to embrace the spirits based on their traditional custom. Therefore, it is not sold to any one else to use although each circle can be cut off to sell or give as a present to avoid bad luck or sickness. It is also a ritual object to worship the gods when someone in the family is sick and it is then cut if the person is cured. Some villagers had to cut off many circles and are now left with only one. Jewelry is a valuable property and one bracelet could be exchanged for one or two buffalos.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Copper 
Measurements
L. 11cm 
Creator name
Mrs. Tơ Ngôl Dhéh 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Quảng Nam; Vietnam 
Geography
Vietnam 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century 
Function
For decoration and disease treatment  
Acquisition
 
Copyright
Vietnamese Women’s Museum  
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Mrs. Tơ Ngôl Dhéh 
Museum
Vietnamese Women's Museum 
Credit line
Vietnamese Women’s Museum  

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