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Impressive and extremely rare anti-bite collar in articulated wrought iron from the 19th century.

Neck circumference: 43cm (16.9")

PERIOD : Portugal, 19th century
SIZE : 18cm X 7cm
SIZE : 7" X 2.7"

Archaeological finds indicate that anti-bite collars were in use as early as the Middle Ages. Objects such as metal necklaces with outward-facing spikes or thorns have been found at medieval sites. They were generally tied around the necks of domestic animals, especially dogs, to protect them from attacks by wolves. However, scattered evidence suggests that humans may also have worn these collars, not only to protect themselves from wolves, but also other, more supernatural creatures in times of dire need.
Although historical and archaeological evidence is not abundant, there is enough evidence to suggest that this practice was at least marginal. The need for protection from predators, combined with cultural and superstitious influences, may have encouraged some people to adopt these collars.

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